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UN agencies assess dire hygiene, protection needs for women in Syria’s war-ravaged Aleppo

UN agencies assess dire hygiene, protection needs for women in Syria’s war-ravaged Aleppo

India Blooms News Service | | 14 Jan 2017, 08:21 am
New York, Jan 14 (Just Earth News): The health, hygiene and protection needs of women and girls displaced in Aleppo are staggering, the United Nations has observed, voicing concern for civilians in the Syrian city that has endured intense fighting for about four years.


“The destruction is beyond imagination,” described Ruba Farah, security assistant at the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), who accompanied an interagency convoy to eastern Aleppo from 1 to 12 January. “Schools, hospitals, roads and houses were destroyed.”

Farah, who grew up in Aleppo, said she could not recognize the streets or neighbourhoods “although I used to play there every day when I was a kid.”

According to findings from the UN interagency assessment mission, “many residents have long been deprived of health services” with facilities “stretched beyond limits.”

Sexual and reproductive health services have been “severely strained” as a result of too few obstetricians and gynaecologists.

Even simply supplies such as menstrual pads and soap are difficult to find.

In addition, women and girls are vulnerable to gender-based violence in “overwhelmed and under-resourced” shelters lacking electricity, streetlights, and privacy.

The UN agency and partners reached about 13,000 people in Aleppo during the latest mission, providing reproductive health care and emergency obstetric and neonatal services.

This number is part of about 400,000 people whom UN agencies have been able to assist, out of an estimated 1.5 million displaced people in need.

Photo: UNFPA Syria

 

Source: www.justearthnews.com

 

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