Voice from the field
Rehana Begum, is 25-year-old, has three children and is eight months pregnant. Her village in Myanmar was burnt and so the village elders decided to move to Bangladesh. Six months pregnant Rehana and her family had to walk for 15 days to escape the violence in Myanmar.
This is the first time that she has been ever checked by a doctor in any of her pregnancies and provided with antenatal care. She is trying to cope with a life full of uncertainties.
The Policy and Advocacy Task Team of the Gender-based Violence Area of Responsibility (GBV AoR) 1 recognizes the continuing generosity of the Government and people of Bangladesh in keeping their borders open to the hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing conflict and violence in Myanmar.
The GBVAoR, in support of the Bangladesh GBV Sub-Sector, calls upon donors and states to:
The Global Sexual and Reproductive Health Service Package for Men and Adolescent Boys has been developed to support providers of sexual and reproductive health services. It aims to increase the range and quality of sexual and reproductive services provided that meet the specific and diverse needs of men and adolescents boys. It covers men and adolescent boys in all their diversity, and takes a positive approach to sexual and reproductive health, seeing this not just as the absence of disease, but the positive expression of one’s gender, sex and sexuality.
Nepal is gearing up its humanitarian response to the country’s worst flooding in 15 years; part of regional flooding across South Asia which has impacted more than 41 million people. The death toll stands at 143 in Nepal alone.
Aid agency International Planned Parenthood Federation, through its local member association the Family Planning Association of Nepal, is coordinating closely with partners on the ground to respond to the sexual and reproductive needs of the affected population.
The Australian Parliamentary Group on Population and Development (APGPD) welcomes the commitment by the Australian Government to continue funding the International Planned Parenthood Federation’s work with women during humanitarian crises. Over 800 women and girls are dying every day from complications in pregnancy and childbirth. Three in five preventable maternal deaths occur in conflict, displacement and natural disasters.