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UNFPA presents relief supplies for women and girls

UNFPA Country Representative Ritsu Nacken making a token presentation of the donation to Disaster Management Centre (DMC) Director General Maj. Gen. S.Ranasinghe. J.M.S.Jayaweera - Director (Preparedness Planning), DMC and Sharika Cooray, National Programme and Policy Analyst - Women’s Rights & Gender of the UNFPA were also present.

UNFPA Country Representative Ritsu Nacken making a token presentation of the donation to Disaster Management Centre (DMC) Director General Maj. Gen. S.Ranasinghe. J.M.S.Jayaweera - Director (Preparedness Planning), DMC and Sharika Cooray, National Programme and Policy Analyst - Women’s Rights & Gender of the UNFPA were also present. 

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) handed over 2,000 prepositioned Dignity Kits and Maternity Kits on Tuesday to the Disaster Management Centre (DMC) as a life-saving strategy for women and girls who are at risk during this monsoon rainy season as the country tries to control the spread of the COVID-19 third wave.

As Sri Lanka faces the third COVID-19 wave, the monsoon rains and flooding have further exacerbated the risks for women and girls in particular. When an emergency strikes, UNFPA prioritises its work on reaching the most vulnerable, particularly pregnant and lactating women and girls of reproductive age, by providing them with the necessary items to fulfill their basic needs in the midst of the crisis.

As part of this response, Ms. Ritsu Nacken, UNFPA Country Representative handed over 2000 prepositioned Dignity Kits and Maternity Kits to Director General of the Disaster Management Centre (DMC) Maj. Gen.S.Ranasinghe in the presence of J. M. S.Jayaweera - Director (Preparedness Planning), DMC and Sharika Cooray, National Programme and Policy Analyst - Women’s Rights & Gender of the UNFPA. Maj. Gen. S. Ranasinghe stated, thanked the UNFPA for its support to ensure that women and girls’ hygiene and sanitation are addressed during emergencies.

“These dignity and maternity kits are carefully tailored to suit pregnant mothers and women of reproductive age, and curated to help women and girls maintain proper hygiene during emergency situations and provide a range of other essential items.”

The kits worth approximately LKR 13.1 million, which is prepositioned in partnership with Oxfam in Sri Lanka, are part of the UNFPA regional pre-positioning initiative to support countries to respond to emergencies effectively.

The UNFPA is the UN’s sexual and reproductive health agency which strives to deliver a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person’s potential is fulfilled.

 


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