1 June 2005 Male’, Maldives – Restoration of Comprehensive Quality Reproductive Health Services and Rights among Populations Affected by the Tsunami (MDVTR201) has been signed today. At a ceremony held on 1st June 2005 at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Hussein Shihab signed the project on behalf of the Government of Maldives and the Deputy Director of Health Services Dr Sheena Moosa signed on behalf of the Implementing Partners.

On behalf of UNFPA, the UNFPA Representative Mr. Patrice Coeur-Bizot signed the project. Ms. Aminath Mohamed Didi, Assistant Director General from Department of External Resources and Ms. Dunya Maumoon, UNFPA Assistant Representative were present at the ceremony.

The project aims to rehabilitate the health facilities affected by the December 2004 Tsunami focusing on:

  • Improving availability and accessibility to quality safe motherhood (including newborn) services, family planning services and services for prevention and management of RTIs/STIs and HIV through provision of equipment, staffing and strengthening of mobile services in selected atolls.
  • Enhancing capacity of the health workers to deliver quality reproductive health and psychosocial support services to the affected population through training and development of guidelines.
  • Reducing vulnerability to reproductive health problems among women, adolescents and men of the affected population through sensitizing and awareness raising.
  • Strengthening national capacity for preparedness to address reproductive health, and psychosocial concerns in natural disaster situations.

These strategies will focus primarily on the most impacted five atolls namely: Raa, Meemu, Thaa, Dhaalu and Laamu Atolls. The project will be executed by UNFPA and the Ministry of Health will be the main implementing partner and will liaise closely with the Department of Public Health and national NGOs working in the field of Reproductive Health. Total value of the project is US$ 1.9 million and the main donors are OCHA, Japan and New Zealand.

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