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Thursday 6 January 2005

US UNFPA Update on Relief Efforts

UNFPA is providing life-saving medicines and supplies to enable pregnant women to deliver safely. UNFPA is also providing emergency obstetric care and establishing temporary health facilities.

* Indonesia: 100,000+ people living in temporary shelters/camps. UNFPA has so far provided 4,500 hygiene kits and 604 different types of reproductive health kits. Undertaking urgent joint assessment on reproductive health needs with Ministry of Health.

* The Maldives: 1/3 of population now reliant on relief for essential food and water. Health infrastructure/services severely disrupted, some completely destroyed. UNFPA has deployed basic reproductive health kits such as clean delivery supplies, blood transfusion equipment, oral/injectable contraceptives, and drugs.

* Sri Lanka: 876,883 people displaced. UNFPA distributing basic reproductive health kits such as clean delivery supplies, blood transfusion equipment, hospital supplies, oral/injectable contraceptives, and drugs. In addition, 25,000 personal hygiene packs for women and girls.

Read more on the US Commitee for UNFPA Website
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