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Factors in use of family planning services by Syrian women in a refugee camp in Jordan
  1. Lucy West1,
  2. Harriet Isotta-Day2,
  3. Maryam Ba-Break3,
  4. Rosemary Morgan4
  1. 1Foundation Doctor, West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust, Watford General Hospital, Watford, UK
  2. 2Foundation Doctor, North Bristol NHS Trust, Southmead Hospital, Bristol, UK
  3. 3Teaching Fellow in International Public Health, Nuffield Centre for International Health and Development, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK
  4. 4Research Fellow in International Health, Department of International Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Lucy West, West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust, Watford General Hospital, Watford WD18 0HB, UK; lucywest5{at}


Background The Syrian conflict presents the fastest growing refugee crisis in the world today, with over four million people now displaced outside the country. Existing literature suggests that family planning services are often still neglected in crisis response efforts.

Methods A small-scale qualitative study conducted in May 2013, interviewing Syrian women residing in a Jordanian refugee camp about use and barriers to accessing family planning services.

Results The study shows that significant barriers remain, and suggests that international attempts to address refugees’ family planning needs remain inconsistent.

Conclusions Several practical measures are identified to address barriers to access, making the article of both practical and academic relevance.

  • family planning service provision
  • reproductive health politics
  • qualitative research
  • refugee
  • Syria
  • Jordan
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