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Protecting Our Women And Girls

Reproductive health care is also one area that the Ministry of Health prioritises. In the aftermath of a natural disaster like Cyclone Winston women and adolescent girls are most vulnerable.
04 Mar 2016 09:09
Protecting Our Women And Girls
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Reproductive health care is also one area that the Ministry of Health prioritises.

In the aftermath of a natural disaster like Cyclone Winston women and adolescent girls are most vulnerable.

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) estimates 5600 women of the estimated 87,500 women of reproductive age or between 15 to 49 years are pregnant, based on an estimated total affected population of 350,000 people.

The affected areas can expect 600 babies per month for the next year. Of the expected 600 deliveries per month, 88 women will experience childbirth complications and require additional obstetric care.

In partnership with UNFPA, the Ministry of Health teams have distributed prepositioned dignity kits for women (which include clothes, sanitary pads, condoms, water-proof pouches) and clean delivery kits at medical facilities. Prepositioning clean delivery kits was possible with the support of the Government of Australia.

“The response from the community has been overwhelming, receiving the kits with tears in their eyes because it is not often that assistance is specific to them as women and girls,” Ministry of Health and Medical Services Family Health Unit official Karolina Tamani said.

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