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$230k worth of reproductive health kits donated to health ministry

Minister of Health and Medical Services Honorable. Jone Usamate today received interagency reproductive health supplies consisting of twelve different kits worth around $230,000.00 from the United Nation Population Fund (UNFPA). The reproductive health kits will cover the needs of more than 450 thousand affected people for a period of three months. The kits will be […]

Nacanieli Tuilevuka

March 21, 2016 5:16 pm

Minister of Health and Medical Services Honorable. Jone Usamate today received interagency reproductive health supplies consisting of twelve different kits worth around $230,000.00 from the United Nation Population Fund (UNFPA).

The reproductive health kits will cover the needs of more than 450 thousand affected people for a period of three months. The kits will be distributed to health services providers, maternity  units and hospitals.

United Nation Population Fund Pacific Sub-Regional Office Director and Representative, Dr Laurent Zessler and Minister of Health and Medical Services Honorable. Jone Usamate.
United Nation Population Fund Pacific Sub-Regional Office Director and Representative, Dr Laurent Zessler and Minister of Health and Medical Services Honorable. Jone Usamate. (Nacanieli Tuilevuka/Newswire)

United Nation Population Fund Pacific Sub-Regional Office Director and Representative, Dr Laurent Zessler said that in supporting the response efforts of the government of Fiji, the UNPF wants to ensure life-saving reproductive health information and services are available for women and young people.

The kits are intended to enable the provision of life saving reproductive health services in affected areas. These interagency reproductive health kits are global standards kits used in responding to all types of emergencies worldwide; the kits include both equipment and medical supplies.

Reproductive Health donated from UNFP. (Nacanieli Tuilevuka/Newswire)
Reproductive Health kits donated from UNFPA. (Nacanieli Tuilevuka/Newswire)

Minister for Health Jone Usamate thanked the United Nation Population Fund for their generous donation towards the government post-tropical cyclone Winston recovery efforts.

Minister Jone Usamate said with a total of 214 health facilities sustained varying degrees of damage to their equipment, medicines and supplies. The arrival of these kits is timely in terms of meeting services demand post-cyclone Winston as well as also assisting the ministry in regards to much needed reproductive health equipment, medicines and supplies for health facilities.

Your effort to assist the Ministry to strengthen our response to health challenges faced by women,children and adolescents,and at the same time recognising that these groups are important key drivers of change is commendable. We know that women in particular, are usually the first responders when domestic livelihoods are threatened. This was clearly evident during and after cyclone.

The  UNPFA is also supporting the of Health and Medical Services and the Fiji Nursing association deployment of an additional of midwives for three months to relieve health services providers in the affected health facilities.

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