United Nations Population Fund, UNFPA, has said it had earmarked $10.46 million Dollars (about N2.20 billion) to support the rehabilitation of the North-East of Nigeria devastated by Boko Haram insurgency.
Country Representative of UNFPA in Nigeria, Ms Ratidzai Ndlovu, made this known yesterday in Abuja.
Ndlovu said no fewer than 4.5 million persons and households were targeted to benefit from the agency’s rehabilitation effort in the region in 2015.
She said UNFPA collaborated with the Japanese Government to raise 3.31 million dollars (about N695.10 million) of the fund while the U.S. pledged to provide 3.40 million dollars (about N714 million), while other donors made up the balance.
She recalled that Boko Haram, an extremist group, started violence in the country six years ago and that the conflict had affected many states in the North-East.
According to her, the insurgency has affected 24.5 million people across the affected states, and 4.6 million people require humanitarian assistance, including 1.5 million Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).
“There are 1,150,000 women of reproductive age among the needy population with 184,000 pregnancies expected this year, and 60,000 IDPs leaving alone without their families ’’ she said.
Ndhlovu said UNFPA responded to the physical needs of the people by providing dignity and reproductive health kits, adding that the medical cost of the pregnant women, social, emotional and intellectual needs were also addressed.
“We deliver reproductive health kits to the nearest health facilities to the IDPs camps.
“We also gave them 350 dignity kits and 300 dresses.
“Each of the reproductive health kits contains supplies for safe delivery, rape treatment, pregnancy test kits and treatment of sexually transmitted infections.
The UNFPA representative said that the agency had trained 183 health workers in the Minimum Initial Service Package (MISP) for reproductive health in humanitarian settings.
“The fund has also trained over 50 medical doctors and nurses in the clinical management of rape and additional 121 health and social workers in psycho-social counselling.
“The training session had enhanced the capacity of health workers to implement MISP and provide sexual and reproductive health services to the victims of insurgency,” she said.

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