Monday, 20 June 2016 03:00

UNFPA Upscaling its Humanitarian Response to Meet the Needs of Women & Girls Fleeing Falujah, Central Iraq

Baghdad, Iraq, 20 June 2016 – With the rapid influx of Internally Displaced Iraqis fleeing Fallujah and its surrounding districts to Ameriyat Al-Fallujah (AAF), Habbaniya (HTC) and Khaldiyeh cities, UNFPA is upscaling its response during the coming days aiming to support more than 85,000 IDPs, including an estimate of 18,000 internally displaced women and girls.

Between the 16th and the 17th of June 2016, the number of displaced families reached more than 2,300 families fleeing Falujah and surrounding districts. During this period UNFPA, supported by the Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), responded by the distribution of more than 1,500 Dignity kits to women and girls in Ameriyat Al-Fallujah (AAF), Habbaniya (HTC) and Khaldiyeh cities, raising the total number of dignity kits distributed to around 5,200 kits since the beginning of the Fallujah military operations. During that period also, UNFPA mobile teams, supported by The Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM), provided emergency psychosocial support services to over 2500 women and girls including community awareness sessions on available GBV and RH sessions to around 480 women and girls in the three cities through group and individual sessions over the past 2 weeks.

In addition, UNFPA, supported by the Government of Japan and the European Commission's Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO), was able to optimize the capacity of three of its supported delivery rooms in Ameriyat Al-Fallujah (AAF), Habbaniya (HTC) and Khaldiyeh cities to be operating for 24 hours every day, providing gynaecological consultations. A mobile Reproductive Health team started its operations in Ameriyat Al-Fallujah on June 16th. In addition, two reproductive health clinics were established in Habbaniyeh and Khaldiyeh cities, providing Reproductive Health services to more than 200 IDPs during these two days.

Currently UNFPA is upscaling its response through prepositioning more than 9,500 dignity kits to be distributed during the coming few days over women and girls aiming to meet the expected daily increase in the number of IDPs fleeing Fallujah and surrounding districts. UNFPA is also currently establishing 3 new tent-based women safe spaces in Ameriyat Al-Fallujah (AAF), a new Women Service Center in Khaldiyeh camp and another Women Service Center in Habbaniyeh camp. UNFPA is also establishing a new Reproductive Health clinic in Ameriyat Al-Fallujah, providing also Primary Health Care services and will be managed by the World Health Organization.
UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, delivers a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person’s potential is fulfilled.

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  • Agency: UNFPA
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