Much has been written about civil conflicts in developing nations. The media provides
adequate coverage of these conflicts, the lack of resolution, and other government
interventions established to aid the victims. However, less attention is given to the
myriad of health problems experienced by the women in developing nations. The
purpose of this paper is to provide information about the health problems often faced
by women during conflict, including malnutrition, sexual violence and associated
complications such as sexually transmitted infections, and fistulas. The paper further
discusses the increased risk of obstetric complications among these women, the
psychological and psychosocial effects of the trauma on their lives, and implications
for health care and policy.
Keywords: women’s health and conflict, conflict and sexual violence, healthcare delivery and conflict.