By Victoria Ojeme
ABUJA—The United Nations Population Fund, UNPFA, has said it was ready to partner Yobe State to promote reproductive health, restore women dignity and provide psycho-social support to Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs, in the state.
Ms Dawn Minott, Head, UNPFA sub-regional office in Kaduna, stated this yesterday while on a working visit to Damaturu to access the impact of the support provided by the fund.
Minott said UNFPA would engage rape victims as change agents to speak on behalf of other victims to overcome cultural barriers in addressing sexual abuse in the society.
She said: “I am pleased to say we have received positive feedback from all the stakeholders on the relevance of the support provided by UNPFA.
The reproductive health kits went directly to the beneficiaries at the IDP camps and state specialists’ hospital. We have seen for ourselves that those kits have been relevant for this particular context.”
She said the visit had provided the team with an opportunity to bridge existing gaps in promotion of reproductive health, clinical management of rape and psycho-social support.
Minott assured that UNFPA would continue to provide more interventions and capacity building to promote reproductive health and dignity of women in Yobe State.