Sexual and reproductive health support for Rohingya and flood affected womenFeb 14, 2018
United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), under a joint initiative of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the government of China, handed over sexual and reproductive health kits for Rohingya and flood affecter women to the Civil Surgeon Office of Gaibandha, Kurigram, Lalmonirhat, Nilphamari and Bogra districts, in addition to the Directorate General of Health Services.
14850 women and girls, affected by the floods in 2017, will receive the kits from the Civil Surgeon Office, which contain sanitary napkins, underwear, flash light etc. These kits will assist the under privileged women in the flood affected districts to maintain hygiene and dignity.
It is estimated that, in Cox’s Bazar, almost 294,000 women of reproductive age are affected and are at risk of gender based violence since the Rohingya influx. With this joint initiative of UNDP and China, UNFPA is providing life-saving reproductive health kits and medicines to 118,000 Rohingya women.
Dr. Sathyanarayanan Doraiswamy, Chief of Health, UNFPA presented the keynote paper. In his presentation he said, “UNFPA supported 35000 flood affected women and girls of reproductive age to ensure their reproductive health and girls, improving their mobility and be able to access the lifesaving humanitarian aid. With support from China Aid, UNFPA will provide 125 Health Workers Kits to provide reproductive health support to 14850 flood affected women and girls. 118,000 Refugee women and girls in Cox’s Bazar will also get Reproductive Health Kits.” He thanked the government of China and UNDP for this joint initiative.
Attending the distribution event, Li Guangjun, Chinese Economic and Commercial Counselor to Bangladesh, said that “We [China] appreciate the role of the government of Bangladesh in handing the refugee crisis. Through this initiative, China is keen to provide much-needed
materials to help the flood victims and refugees in Bangladesh, partnering with UNDP and UNFPA.” He also hoped that, Government of China would continue this partnership in future for the poor and marginalized people of Bangladesh.
Prof. Abul Kalam Azad, Director General, Directorate General of Health Service, while speaking as the chief guest said, “I thank the government of China and UNFPA, UNDP for extending their support for taking extra care of the women and girls of reproductive age, considering gender-based violence in flood affected areas and also in Cox’s Bazar for Rohingya women.” It will strengthen the south-south cooperation and help to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, Abul Kalam Azad said. He also said, “Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees have built makeshift shelters on steep, sandy hills in Bangladesh. Now they face a new danger in the unplanned camps as the monsoon season is expected to start soon. When the monsoon comes, many of the hillsides where the Rohingya are living could collapse.”
Iori Kato, Deputy Representative, UNFPA Bangladesh said “With the generous support from the government of the People’s Republic of China, UNFPA is providing Health workers kits to the northern parts of Bangladesh for ensuring sexual and reproductive health and rights services for the flood affected women and girls of reproductive age, and also providing reproductive health kits to Cox’s Bazar as life-savings interventions for the Rohingya refugee women and girls and also for the host community.” He further added, “The support will build the confidence of the women in danger and they will have better access to more pregnancy care and birthing options.”
Among others, Dr. ABM Muzaharul Islam, Director-IPHN and Line Director-NNS and Project Manager, Kyoko Yokosuka, Deputy Country Director, UNDP Bangladesh, officials from UNDP, UNFPA, government and NGOs were also present at the handover ceremony.
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