Global and regional resources

As part of POWER, UN Women developed key resources and tools to promote sexual, reproductive, maternal, child, newborn and adolescent health (SRMNCAH) in humanitarian settings in the Horn of Africa.

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POWER in Uganda

POWER in Ethiopia

As of April 2022, Ethiopia was the third-largest refugee-hosting country in Africa, hosting almost 850 000 refugees predominantly originating from South Sudan, Somalia, and Eritrea.4 POWER was implemented in the Gambella region, which hosted over 40 percent of the country's refugee population. In Ethiopia, POWER contributed to development of national and local SRMNCAH frameworks for the humanitarian settings.

Theory of Change of the Programme

POWER contributed to creating an enabling environment for women and girls to demand health services as an essential component of achieving healthy lives and well-being for all. The POWER project adapted UN Women’s RMNCAH Flagship Programme theory of change to the context in humanitarian settings which proposed that:



Every day, about 810 women die from preventable causes during pregnancy and childbirth. Sub-Saharan Africa alone accounted for roughly two-thirds (196,000) of maternal deaths in 2017.1