Women’s and Children’s Health in Conflict Settings

Women’s and Children’s Health in Conflict Settings, a series published in The Lancet in January 2021, aims to improve understanding of and address the special requirements of providing sexual, reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health and nutrition services in conflict settings.  Led by academic co-investigators and partners affiliated with the Bridging Research & Action in Conflict Settings for the Health of Women & Children (BRANCH) Consortium, the series synthesizes existing evidence with new modelling and insights from a range of local research partners, humanitarian agencies, and civil society organizations.

Some key findings:

  • Armed conflict affected at least 630 million women and children worldwide in 2017 and contributed to more than 10 million deaths among children under 5 years of age over 20 years.
  • The changing nature of war complicates humanitarian access and the provision of health services for women and children. However, experiences in countries like Syria, Pakistan, and Colombia may provide context-specific innovative ways forward.

The Series includes four original research articles and two commentaries: