The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has provided reproductive health and dignity kits worth approximately Rs 15 million to women of reproductive age, including pregnant and lactating women who were affected by floods in four districts of mid-Western Nepal.
According to UNFPA, the support was provided in response to a request made by the Nepal governent following the floods and landslides in August last year.
The districts chosen for the support are Dang, Banke, Bardiya and Surkhet which were affected the most by floods last year among 23 districts.
The reproductive health kits comprise medicines, instruments and other commodities meant to support clean delivery, rape treatment, contraceptive use, STI treatment, and management of miscarriage, suture of tears (vaginal and cervical) and vaginal examination.
According to UNFPA, each reproductive health kit is designed to provide reproductive health services to around 40,000 women affected by the floods and landslides for a three-month period.
In a bid to help restore the dignity of most marginalized women, facilitating their access to health services, help face the cold weather and serve as entry point for protection, the UNFPA has also procured 4,125 dignity kits which included warm clothes, sanitary napkins, washing soaps, bags and flash lights.
While the reproductive health kits were distributed in the four districts by Epidemiology and Disease Control Division and Nepal Red Cross Society (NRCS), the dignity kits were by Department of Women and Children, District Women and Children Offices and NRCS district chapters reports Republica online.