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UNFPA’s response to the on-going floods

8 May 2014
One of the floods victims with her baby in Morogoro.

The on-going heavy rains associated with strong winds and floods in the country have left several people homeless; women and children being the most affected.

The on-going heavy rains associated with strong winds and floods in the country have left several people homeless; women and children being the most affected.

Responding to the much needed humanitarian assistance, UN agencies which included WHO, UNICEF, FAO, WFP, IOM, UNDP and UNFPA recently conducted a joint visit to Morogoro- the most affected region. The team established that about 9,493 were displaced, 24 pregnant women among them. Initially the pregnant women had to be housed in a nearby primary school without mosquito nets. Later on they were moved into tents and provided with mosquito nets. The situation is still delicate for these women, with no emergency medical help nearby - they have to commute by foot or bicycles on damaged road for about three kilometres to a nearby dispensary. Worse still they have neither electricity nor running water.

Following the joint visit UNFPA decided to procure and pre-position male and female dignity kits and other related SRH supplies in the Tanzania Red Cross Services (TCRS) warehouse. At the moment the country office does not have dignity kits available and have to order from Nairobi when emergency occurs.

TCRS with the support of UNFPA will procure 600 dignity kits (300 for women and 300 for men). The kits for women will include:- underpants, sanitary pads, tooth brush, tooth paste, condoms, soap, khanga and glycerin oil. Whereas, the men dignity kits will contain underpants, tooth brush, tooth paste, condoms, soap, and glycerin oil.

With the continuing heavy rains, UNFPA will continue to work jointly with the government and other UN agencies to provide needed support to flood victims, focusing on addressing the needs of the affected population, particularly women and young girls, and mitigating the impact of gender-based violence.