UNFPA maintains stocks of life-saving kits

Published On: August 18, 2016 09:24 PM NPT By: Republica

KATHMANDU, Aug 18: United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has stored life-saving Reproductive Health (RH) Kits and Dignity Kits to be able to respond rapidly to the needs of affected people in case of an emergency.

 While more than 3,000 Dignity Kits have been stored in Kathmandu and far-western, mid-western and southern Nepal, the RH Kits stored at the Nepal Red Cross Society and the UNFPA Country Office can fulfill the needs of up to 270,000 affected people through health facilities.

 “The propositioning of the RH Kits and Dignity Kits along with strengthening the coordination mechanism, contingency planning and capacity development is part of UNFPA support to the Government of Nepal's work on emergency preparedness,” said UNFPA Country Representative for Nepal Giulia Vallesem, issuing a press statement on the eve of World Humanitarian Day.

While Dignity Kits are individual packages containing torch, clothes, hygiene supplies, including sanitary pads, for women, RH Kits contain medical equipment and supplies.
In the past, UNFPA had delivered RH Kits and Dignity Kits to several areas in times of natural disasters, including the Koshi flood in 2008, mid-western floods in 2014, the devastating earthquake in 2015 and recent floods and landslides in some districts, including Pyuthan, read the statement issued by the UN body.   

The UNFPA has stated that it will continue to work with the Government of Nepal, development partners and civil society to meet life-saving reproductive health and protection needs of affected populations, especially women and girls.

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