Stepping up information and services during emergencies

6th July 2015
Myanmar IPPF staff emergency

IPPF Member Associations through the SPRINT Initiative have strengthened partnerships with various agencies to increase SRH services to disaster affected populations.

UNFPA trained nurses of the Vanuatu Family Health Association (VFHA) on how to insert Jadelle® implants; provided a vehicle for o u t r e a c h p r o g r a m s , 100 dignity kits for distribution and two tents for outreach camps in the aftermath of Typhoon Pam. VFHA also worked with the Association for Aid and Relief (AAR) Japan in the provision of a 6,000 liter water tank for safe drinking water for North Tanna VFHA Clinic.

The Myanmar Maternal and Child Welfare Association (MMCWA) is collaborating well with the Kachin State Health Department and UNFPA in the provision of SRH services through the basic health service medical missions to 40 IDP camps located in Myit Kyi Na and Waing Maw districts of Kachin State.

SPRINT supported the direct procurement of UNFPA RH Kits and SPRINT Community Medical Mission Kits. These kits complemented the medical commodities that were being offered to the internally displaced population (IDPs) in the camps.

In response to the Mount Sinabung volcanic eruption, the Indonesian Planned Parenthood Association (IPPA) in coordination with local authorities, distributed dignity and hygiene kits to the affected population. IPPA North Sumatera chapter is exerting extra efforts to be more involved in responding to the needs of the community, especially regarding access to SRH information and services.

There is no guarantee when the eruption will end. While the government is focused on food distribution and shelter, the main problem that the villagers face is loss of land. Being farmers, this renders them jobless. Children and youth have also been identified as being at risk as they have been in the camps for almost 2 years. IPPA has carried out site mapping and identified NGOs and volunteer groups who can be potential partners in delivering more services.