Press Release

Increased assistance for vulnerable women and girls fleeing Hodeidah

15 August 2018
Displaced women with hygiene items provided by UNFPA © UNFPA Yemen

Sana’a, 15 August 2018UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund welcomed the generous contribution of $4.2 million from the Yemen Humanitarian Pooled Fund to assist the most vulnerable women and girls displaced from the recent escalation in fighting in Hodeidah and western coastal areas of the country.

 

The funding will help to reach more than 200,000 women, girls and their families with life-saving reproductive health services, and transit kits containing hygiene items for those who are either on the move, displaced or stranded between frontlines.

 “With more than 750,000 women of childbearing age inside Hodeidah and many more displaced, every form of assistance we can provide can mean the difference between life and death. These funds are crucial for us to address the immediate and urgent non-food related needs of women and girls that often go overlooked,” stated Anjali Sen, UNFPA’s Representative to Yemen.

UNFPA is among the humanitarian agencies leading the rapid response mechanism in Hodeidah. UNFPA provides assistance at the first line of response through humanitarian service points and transit centres by way of transit kits and through a range of reproductive health and gender-based violence services.

As part of UNFPA’s response in Hodeidah these funds will contribute to the running of emergency obstetric care services in eleven health facilities and the provision of reproductive health kits and medicines across Hodeidah Governorate. In addition, the funds will contribute to the procurement of transit kits, which serve as emergency supplies that will be distributed as part of the rapid response mechanism in Hodeidah , Aden, Ibb and Sana’a Governorates. The transit kits contain personal hygiene items and culturally appropriate clothing, helping women to maintain their personal hygiene and improve their mobility, while reducing vulnerability to gender-based violence when seeking humanitarian services and information.

 

For more information, please contact

Fahmia Al-Fotih: Tel: +967 712224016; al-fotih@unfpa.org        

Lankani Sikurajapathy: Tel. +94773411614; sikurajapathy@unfpa.org