MIL OSI – Source: United Nations Population Fund – Cyclone Pam cripples sexual and reproductive health services in Vanuatu PORT VILA, Vanuatu/SUVA, Fiji – Sexual and reproductive health services, including family planning and antenatal care, urgently need to be restored in Vanuatu following the massive destruction caused by Cyclone Pam. Some 3,995 people are living in evacuation centres, and 13 fatalities have been confirmed following the catastrophic 13 March storm according to the most recent UN figures. UNFPA estimates some 6,700 women in the country are pregnant, and some 900 will face dangerous complications in the next nine months. The storm left substantial damage to medical facilities, and continuing problems with telecommunications have left women in the dark about which services are still accessible, and where. UNFPA is working with Ministry of Health to mobilize health outreach to pregnant women and new mothers.
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