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UNFPA: million for lifesaving reproductive healthcare in crisis

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UNFPA: million for lifesaving reproductive healthcare in crisis

United Nations, Dec 13 (Prensa Latina) Life-saving sexual and reproductive health services are more vital than ever, the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) said on Monday, launching an million appeal to support people in crisis settings during 2022.
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The objective is to reach more than 54 million women, girls and young people in 61 countries, amid rising needs due to conflict, the Covid-19 pandemic and other challenges.

“It is critical to recognize that sexual and reproductive health services are not secondary to other forms of emergency services; they are lifesaving. And now, as the world grapples with multiple overlapping catastrophes, they are more vital than ever,” UNFPA said.

More than $68 million is required for services that include gender-based violence protection and response, and also to provide essential commodities such as dignity kits containing menstrual pads, soap and warm winter clothing.

UNFPA reported that following the earthquake in Haiti this past August, gender-based violence, including rape and kidnapping, are widespread, which has increased the vulnerability of women and girls.

Taina Camy, a UNFPA expert on preventing and addressing gender-based violence, explained that displaced people are more vulnerable because they are no longer in their homes and are living among strangers.  Furthermore, they do not have access to basic services, such as bathrooms.

UNFPA is providing counselling and medical services, and working with local organizations and authorities in Haiti to improve conditions for people affected by the earthquake.

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