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February 2006

UNFPA Response to Indian Ocean Tsunami - Year-End Report

This report marks the year-end update on UNFPA's activities following the massive devastation caused by the Indian Ocean Tsunami on 26 December 2004. Thanks to the outpouring of generous donor support, UNFPA has been part of the initial relief and recovery process and is now focused on the reconstruction phase, together with its wide network of partners, sister UN agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and community based youth, women and religious organizations. A year after the Indian Ocean Tsunami, work is ongoing to restore reproductive health services and address psychosocial needs in affected communities.

As part of a concerted international response, UNFPA is working to ensure that the special needs of women and youth are factored into the design and delivery of recovery and rehabilitation efforts. Its priorities are reproductive health, including safe childbirth, prevention of violence against women and girls, and psychosocial counselling for those affected by the 26 December tsunami.

After any natural disaster, women and girls often assume the primary burden of caring for their families and obtaining food and other survival basics. Women and girls have unique vulnerabilities including pregnancy, the need for sanitary supplies, and a higher vulnerability to rape, trafficking, exploitation and domestic violence that are often overlooked in immediate relief and recovery planning.

UNFPA has mobilized some $26 million to support its tsunami-related work in Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Maldives and Thailand from governments, NGOs and private individuals. Major donors include Germany ($8.1 million), Japan ($5.5 million), Norway ($2 million), Finland ($1.9 million), New Zealand ($1.7 million), the Netherlands ($1.6 million), the European Commission ($1 million), China ($1 million), and Australia ($800,000), Canada ($400,000), the United Nations Foundation ($400,000) and Sweden ($300,000). The UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Funds has provided an additional $1.8 million.

Updates by Country

In Indonesia, UNFPA has moved rapidly to protect maternal and reproductive health, and to help ensure the security, hygiene and dignity of women and girls. The Fund continues to provide hygiene kits, medicines, medical equipment, contraceptives and safe delivery kits for distribution by government and NGO partners in Aceh and North Sumatra provinces. more
  Sri Lanka
Damage to major hospitals and the destruction of health centres have severely impaired Sri Lanka's ability to provide adequate reproductive health care, increasing the risk of life-threatening complications related to premature deliveries and miscarriages, unsafe abortions resulting from unplanned pregnancies, and unsafe deliveries due to lack of appropriate facilities. more
In Thailand, UNFPA is expanding its collaboration with the Ministry of Health and NGOs to ensure quality maternal and child health and family planning services in newly constructed communities for those displaced by the tsunami. more
During the emergency phase of the tsunami disaster, UNFPA in Maldives provided reproductive health supplies for clean delivery and blood transfusion as well as contraceptives. more

In India, UNFPA is an active member of the team coordinating UN system support. It has provided funds for maternal and neonatal health equipment and supplies for a district hospital in Tamil Nadu, and is supporting psychosocial counselling for women and adolescents there.

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Adolescent Reproductive Health in Times of Crisis

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