Women and girls at quarantine and treatment facilities in 16 provinces will receive hygiene kits to support their sexual and reproductive health and rights during COVID-19.
Over 5,000 women and girls will receive hygiene kits consisting of toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, reusable masks, sanitary pads, and buckets.
Good Neighbour Laos has contributed US$50,000 through the UNFPA network of partnerships and services.
The handover ceremony was convened at the Lao Women’s Union, attended by its president Inlavanh Keobounphanh; Director of the Department of Hygiene and Health Promotion, Ministry of Health, Dr Phonepaseuth Ounaphom; Country Director of Good Neighbor Laos Yongki Choi; and UNFPA Representative for the Lao PDR Mariam A. Khan.
The President of the Lao Women Union expressed her appreciation to UNFPA and Good Neighbor Laos for their support.
“These hygiene kits are important and necessary to protect women and girls’ sexual and reproductive health at the quarantine centres. As COVID-19 infections continue to increase in many provinces, these essential supplies are urgently needed. Therefore, we must ensure continuity of assistance to women and girls, especially providing hygiene kits so they can protect themselves and prevent COVID-19 infection,” said Ms Inlavanh.
Dr. Phonepaseuth said, “Services on sexual and reproductive health, including maternal health for women and pregnant women, must be continually provided, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, to ensure women of reproductive age, pregnant women, and mothers are healthy and safe. These essential supplies will contribute to ensuring that. ”
UNFPA Representative for Lao PDR Mariam A. Khan said, “We must protect women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights, especially in times of crisis like COVID 19 pandemic. The unique health needs of women and girls require women-centered and specific responses. This valuable contribution from Good Neighbor Laos will enable women and girls to have access to essential items they need to keep them safe and healthy during the quarantine period.”
Source: Lao News Agency