A chat with the health workers opened a can of worms. Most of the refugees who have escaped conflict situations and civil wars in Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan, Burundi and Ethiopia have barely heard about HIV or family planning. And the more I probed and talked to refugees, the scarier their stories became.
In the north of Myanmar fighting between the army and ethnic rebels has forced tens of thousands of civilians to flee. As a manager with IPPF's SPRINT initiative, I visited the state of Kachin where my organisation -- along with the Myanmar Maternal and Child Welfare Association -- is providing life-saving sexual and reproductive health services to the most vulnerable and deprived.