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.
“More than 1.7 million people in Nepal have been affected and lost their livelihoods, land, livestock and the property. People need rescue and relief, but just as importantly they also need sexual and reproductive care,” said Mahima Malla, Executive Director of the Family Planning Association of Nepal.
“Although the floodwater is receding, the situation for those affected, especially vulnerable groups and women, remains serious. One of the big challenges for us is preventing and managing the consequences of sexual violence.”
Of those affected, it is estimated 112,500 are women of reproductive age, including 8,694 pregnant women.
“Our priority right now is to activate our medical teams to the worst affected districts. Some of the many services we’ll be providing include delivery and pregnancy support, contraceptive supplies, and management of sexually transmitted infections,” said Ms Malla.
IPPF is responding to the floods in Nepal, and is preparing to distribute relief items including hygiene items, and is mobilising medical camps in Sunsari, Saptari, Bardiya and Dang, four of the worst affected districts of Nepal.