Thursday, January 06, 2005

Tsunami Relief Aid

I am writing to ask you to post a link on your Web site to our Tsunami Relief page (www.uscommittee.org/tsunami.html).
Because natural disasters are reproductive health disasters, the United States Committee for United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) is supporting Earthquake and Tsunami Relief especially in Indonesia, Sri Lanka, and the Maldives.
UNFPA is providing life-saving medicines and supplies to enable pregnant women to deliver safely. UNFPA is also providing emergency obstetric care and establishing temporary health facilities.
Indonesia: 100,000+ people living in temporary shelters/camps. UNFPA has so far provided 4,500 hygiene kits and 604 different types of reproductive health kits. Undertaking urgent joint assessment on reproductive health needs with Ministry of Health.

The Maldives: 1/3 of population now reliant on relief for essential food and water. Health infrastructure/services severely disrupted, some completely destroyed. UNFPA has deployed basic reproductive health kits such as clean delivery supplies, blood transfusion equipment, oral/injectable contraceptives, and drugs.

Sri Lanka: 876,883 people displaced. UNFPA distributing basic reproductive health kits such as clean delivery supplies, blood transfusion equipment, hospital supplies, oral/injectable contraceptives, and drugs. In addition, 25,000 personal hygiene packs for women and girls.

But we have so very much more to do. A link on your Web site will help us raise the necessary resources -- to come to the aid of hundreds of thousands of people in desperate need.
Thank you for your consideration.

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