The Impact of Disaster on the Reproductive Health of Women and Girls in Nigeria

Veronica Akwenabuaye Undelikwo, Michael Ibanbeteliehe Ihwo


The last two decades has witnessed an increase frequency and severity of both natural and man-made disasters in Nigeria. Women and girls are more affected by the impact of disasters, which due to their prior poor economic and social status limit their survival skills. The response to disaster in affected communities in Nigeria put more premiums on issues like shelter, food, water and sanitation, human security with less attention on reproductive health and social issues. Disaster and displacement expose women to sexual violence, exploitation, trafficking and abuse, leading to higher rates of unintended pregnancies, risky abortions, and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) as well as other latent issues. This paper assesses the impact of inaction and neglect of reproductive health and other social issues in disaster management. It is our conclusion that the emergency situation provides a possibility and opportunity to enhance knowledge and provide sexual and reproductive health services. Working with traditional authorities, local and national partners can facilitate the implementation of sexual and reproductive health services that also deal with related cultural norms and practices.


Reproductive health; disaster management; women’s health; sexual violence

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