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Australian Kits Will Help Mothers And Babies Post Natural Disasters

Australian Kits Will Help Mothers And Babies Post Natural Disasters
Australian High Commission, Australian Government’s counsellor for development cooperation for Fiji and Tuvalu, Christina Munzer (left) looks at the supplies needed for mothers and babies on August 24, 2018. Photo: Ashna Kumar
August 26
12:22 2018

Mothers and babies, who are affected by natural disasters, will be able to receive quality supplies of clothes, blankets, soap, lotions and baby napkins to meet immediate needs.

The kits include safe birthing kit, new mothers’ kit and hygiene and wash kits.

With the concept of being disaster ready this good news was shared by the Australian Government’s counsellor for development cooperation for Fiji and Tuvalu, Christina Munzer.

On Friday she released this and other inspirational information while handing over prepositioned supplies to Medical Services Pacific (MSP) at its office in Suva.

Ms Munzer said she was proud that there was $40,000 assistance to enable MSP to respond quickly within 48 hours to those who were affected by a natural disaster.

Ms Munzer said it was crucial that women and children, especially expectant mothers and new-borns received assistance within 24 to 48 hours after a disaster.

“Persons with disability and the elderly also require special assistance, alongside access to food, water and shelter,” Ms Munzer said.

“Now is the time to be vigilant about getting disaster ready in advance of the upcoming cyclone season.

“Fiji is vulnerable to more frequent and stronger tropical cyclones.

“Through the dedication and perseverance of humanitarian aid organisations such as MSP, communities in Fiji will be better prepared and supported,” Ms Munzer said.

MSP executive director Jennifer Poole said the support from the Australian Government had enabled MSP to put together a range of necessary kits, which can be taken to the field by the health teams.

“Fiji suffers from regular extreme weather events which impacts families,” Ms Poole said.

“Women and girls including pregnant women are particularly vulnerable in times of disaster.

“We look forward to working with the Ministry of Health and Medical Services and the Australian Government to prevent maternal and infant mortalities post disaster,” Ms Poole said.

Edited by Percy Kean

ashna.kumar@fijisun.com.fj

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