Epidemics of life-threatening infectious diseases are becoming more common, and cause significant disruptions to the health care system, affecting the delivery of both routine and urgent health services and care. Family planning providers need to balance the demands of responding to outbreaks, while simultaneously maintaining family planning services in all three phases of an epidemic response: mitigation and preparedness, emergency, and post-emergency. In epidemics, large numbers of people may require medical attention, health care systems may be over-stretched, and public order may be threatened. The impact of an epidemic on reproductive health can be a direct result of the infectious disease, or an indirect consequence of excessive pressures on the broader health care system, including limited resources, commodity stock-outs, challenges in accessing the usual service-delivery sites, reduced availability of health care providers, fears of disease transmission and acquisition, and misconceptions about safety…Readmore