UNFPA trains, empowers health workers to tackle flood, rape, others

By Elizabeth Uwandu

ASABA—Following the recent flood disaster in Delta State, selected health workers drawn from the most affected communities within the state  have been equipped with skills and tools for effective response to flood occurrence by the United Nations Population Fund, UNFPA.

The one-week long training of health care workers on Minimum Initial Service Package (MISP) and Clinical Management of Rape (CMR) for reproductive health responses in humanitarian crisis situation is a collaboration between the Delta State Ministry of Health and United Nations Population Fund, UNFPA, through its implementing partners, the Royal Heritage Health Foundation, RHHF, to effectively respond to the flood, was held in Asaba recently.

According to Mr. Olusoji Sogunro, Chief Executive Officer,Royal Heritage Health Foundation ‘Our Foundation in collaboration with UNFPA is currently implementing a Project on Flood Response across the 2018 most affected four flooded States of which Delta State is part’.

He said the project aims to sensitize and mobilize various stakeholders and community members on flood preparedness, prevention, mitigation and response as well as support the provision of services/support for victims of the flood incidence through psycho-social and medical assistance in the affected communities.

Speaking, Mr. OlusojiSogunro, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Royal Heritage Health Foundation revealed that the Foundation began in 2006 as a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) with particular attention to malaria prevention through distribution of treated nets; delved into HIV/AIDS intervention programmes; Family Planning; Adolescent, Sexual and Reproductive Health before birthing its current project: the Minimum Initial Service Package (MISP) for Reproductive Health in December, 2018.

He said the Project targets four States namely Delta, Kogi, Niger and Anambra states which were the most affected States during the 2018 flood. He said through collaboration with the respective state governments, his organization intends to train select health workers who would in turn step down the training in their respective health facilities and will also embark on a medical outreach to the affected communities in March this year.

Speaking further, Mr. Sogunro said that the proposed medical outreach in the State would last for seven weeks during which sanitary and medical supplies will be provided to the community members.

He enumerated the challenges that will be faced to include the fact that some communities are hard to reach because of the difficult terrain and there was the issue of late delivery of the Rural Health Kits (RH Kit) and expressed optimism that they will certainly succeed.

In their separate presentations during the training, Dr. HamiraWelye and Dr. DanladiIdrisa, Humanitarian Analysts with the UNFPA anchored the training, emphasized the goal of the MISP project which seeks to decrease mortality, morbidity and disability in crisis-affected populations (refugees/IDPs or populations hosting them).

They decried the rising trend of Gender Based Violence and impressed on the participating health workers on the importance of the proper management of cases presented before them.

The exercise mirrored the objectives of the MISP to include among others: to ensure that health cluster/sector identifies agency to lead the implementation of the programme; prevent sexual violence and assist survivors and plan for comprehensive Rural Health Services, integrated into primary health care.



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