…donate 3,000 rape, reproductive health kits
United Nations Population Fund, UNFPA, and the government of Japan have mobilised $2.3 million to provide psychosocial support, sexual and reproductive health services to victims of insurgency in the North-East.
The two donors said the grant would strengthen sexual and reproductive health service provision in conflict torn communities in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa States. The grant will also help improve access to maternal and newborn health services and the management of survivors including the prevention of and response to sexual/gender based violence.
According to the two partners, part of the funds mobilised will be used to support freed female victims rescued from the Boko Haram camp in Sambisa forest. As a priority, Reproductive Health, RH, kits and 3,000 dignity kits have been deployed.
The RH kits contain rape treatment kits, clinical management of rape and sutures for 14 health centres. In addition, a psychosocial support team of over 150 counsellors have been mobilised to counsel the victims.
UNFPA Nigeria Representative, Ms Ratidzai Ndhlovu, said “The idea of deploying these kits and services is to create an ‘imaginary’ clinic for victims who accommodate all their sexual and reproductive health needs.
‘’For example, victims need psychological counselling to cope with the emotional distress of trauma, pregnant women need to deliver safely and victims of rape or gender based violence need to be taken care of.’’
This fund in addition to others, will scale up UNFPA’s ongoing response to the humanitarian situation in the North-East which targets a total caseload of about 7.1 million people including 42,400 pregnant women and 8,100 skilled birth attendants.
…As UNFPA donates $1m training arm models to 98 midwifery schools
By Joyce Remi- Babayeju- with agency report
United Nations Population Fund, UNFPA, has donated training arm models worth $1 million to the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria for the 98 midwifery schools in the country.
UNFPA during the donation to mark the International Day of Midwives in Nigeria said the equipment would improve the competency and skills of student midwives in the provision of Long Acting Reversible Contraceptives, LARC, which will contribute to the reduction of preventable maternal deaths due to pregnancy and child birth related complications.
One of the major causes of infant and maternal mortality in Nigeria is limited access to reproductive health services such as the use of contraceptives and family planning services. Access to these services has reduced the mortality rate by 30 percent in developing countries. The training arm models will help Nigerian midwives to competently administer long acting and reversible contraceptives to women of reproductive age.
“We welcome this donation with open arms, because we know the impact that it will have on midwifery skills”.
President of Wellbeing Foundation Africa and Goodwill Ambassador for the International Confederation of Midwives, Mrs. Toyin Saraki, said “the impact will reach far beyond the 98 midwifery schools that are beneficiaries to hundreds of Nigerians who die every day from preventable causes related to childbirth and pregnancy”, adding that midwives play an important role as traditional care providers for mothers and infants.’’
UNFPA’s Country Representative in Nigeria, Mrs. Ratidzai Ndhlovu, said ’’Our donation of training arm models to the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria will provide them access to the vital tools needed to build our capacity and meet internationally approved standards.’’