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24 June 2005
Meeting Women's Needs, Supporting Aceh's Future

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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.

Working with the Ministry of Health, the National Family Planning Coordination Board and others, UNFPA is focusing on re-establishing basic reproductive health services and building local capacity. For the next 18 months, it will provide training, help restore infrastructure at hospitals and health posts, and create referral systems for obstetric emergencies.

Psychosocial support is another priority. An outreach programme has aimed to reduce post-traumatic syndrome among displaced people. Eight support centres are being set up to provide counselling for tsunami survivors, as well as services to prevent and respond to violence against women and girls. Psychologists have been trained to train community-based counsellors.

UNFPA continues to procure, assemble and coordinate the distribution of hygiene kits. More than 200,000 kits have been distributed through various implementing partners, along with other basic supplies and information on reproductive health and hygiene.

Additional efforts are aimed at promoting safe access to basic services, and educating officials, care providers and camp managers on the need to protect women, youth and children against exploitation and violence. UNFPA is also supporting health promotion campaigns and an assessment of needs resulting from the tsunami's disproportionate impact on women.

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