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NGO cites importance of women hygiene in evac centers

Butuan City (8 October) -- A unique response for reproductive health needs in crisis situation will provide relief for displaced women with basic hygiene needs as the Family Planning Organization and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in coordination with the local government units are distributing more than 3400 Hygiene Kits for pregnant women and boxes of various reproductive health kits for more than 10,000 people in areas hit by typhoon Ondoy.

Under the Minimum Initial Service Package for Reproductive Health (MISP) program of the group, a specialized attention is focused on women. MISP aims to prevent and manage the consequences of sexual violence; reduce HIV transmission; prevent excess maternal and neonatal mortality and morbidity, and develop strategies for comprehensive reproductive health services in the early days and weeks of an emergency.

According to reports, more than 1.6 million Filipinos are affected by typhoon Ondoy. Hundreds of thousands are still without home and are living in evacuation centers.

Roberto Ador, Executive Director of the Family Planning Organization of the Philippines said, "more than the need for food and other basic things, hygiene and maternal and child heath care is an equally important need that should be addressed. He said further, "responding to maternal and child health need in evacuation sites will help us avoid further and unnecessary loss of life.

MISP not only provide reproductive health kits but also provides education on maternal and child health care under crises situation to recipients.

FPOP has already distributed 1390 kits to pregnant and post partum women in the National Capital Region. The distribution effort will continue today as UNFPA Country Representative Suneeta Mukherjee, and Family Planning Executive Director Roberto Ador, will turn over Reproductive Health kits to Mayor Ramon A. Ilagan of Cainta, Rizal. (Vigie Benosa-Llorin, Philippine Legislators' Committee on Population and Development Foundation, Inc.) [top]

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