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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.

UNFPA has responded by providing tens of thousands of personal hygiene kits for women and girls, as well as reproductive health essentials including emergency obstetric care equipment and drugs, safe delivery kits and contraceptives. A UNFPA-supported assessment of reproductive health care has identified needs for training, supplies and the adoption of national guidelines and protocols. This will facilitate the Fund's ongoing work to help the Ministry of Health rehabilitate facilities and restore quality services.

UNFPA is also working to address psychosocial problems caused by the tsunami and the resulting loss of family members and disruption of community life, and to reduce the vulnerability of women and young people living in crowded camps to sexual abuse and violence. It has provided technical and logistical support to the Ministry of Health's Directorate of Mental Health Services, and more extensive assistance is planned.

To promote women's rights, the Fund has trained NGO and government workers to collect and analyse gender-related data and to counter gender-based violence. Planned activities including helping to establish safe spaces in communities where people can access basic information and support services, and training health providers to address sexual violence

Video: Relief Efforts in Sri Lanka

  Three weeks after the tsunami struck Sri Lanka, killing 30,000 people and displacing 800,000, UNFPA's Country Representative Lubna Baqi described how UNFPA has contributed to the relief effort, especially by mobilizing much-needed supplies and addressing the needs of women and youth. This video also shows footage of the destruction and relief activities.
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UNFPA-Trained Volunteers Lend Social Support to Grieving Sri Lankan Women

HAMBANTOTA, Sri Lanka, 7 February 2005 Sitting in a tent in the stifling heat, Latha Wijesiri, a volunteer health worker, talks quietly with four women about their immediate emotional and physical needs. One of the women, the youngest, lost her husband to the tsunami which ravaged Sri Lanka's southeast coast a month ago. The rest have lost relatives and friends. All have lost their homes and livelihoods. more..

Sri Lankan Maternity Hospital Staff Copes With Crisis

GALLE, Sri Lanka, 20 January 2005 Dr. Samarasinghe was in the middle of a Caesarean section when the first of three massive waves slammed into the Maternity Hospital in the south coast city of Galle. The electricity was knocked out immediately along with the emergency generator. It sounded like a freight train coming straight through the ground floor, he recalls. more..

Sri Lanka: Young People Pitch in to Assist Survivors of Tsunami Disaster

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, 17 January 2005—In a quiet, leafy enclave in Sri Lanka’s capital, 35 young volunteers, work in assembly line fashion putting together emergency hygienic supplies. These supplies are badly needed by women and girls affected by the devastating tsunami that claimed 30,000 lives in this island country and left over 800,000 homeless. more..

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