News ID: 117923
Published: 0259 GMT May 12, 2015

UNFPA to support women, girls displaced by Nepal earthquake

UNFPA to support women, girls  displaced by Nepal earthquake

Bollywood star and social activist Manisha Koirala, one of Nepal's most renowned citizens globally, has announced the United Nations Population Fund’s (UNFPA) support for women, girls and young people displaced by the devastating earthquake of April 25.

"I am truly happy to renew my partnership with UNFPA in my homeland at this crucial time," said Koirala. "UNFPA's lifesaving interventions are needed more than ever.”

More than two million women of reproductive age are affected by the disaster.  Many of them are at risk of unwanted pregnancies.  Furthermore, the estimated 126,000 women who are currently pregnant may need urgent care to ensure they deliver their babies safely and remain healthy after childbirth so that they can take proper care of their infants. 

Women and girls at camps for the displaced or in other environments must be protected from gender-based violence, including rape.

"We wholeheartedly welcome Manisha Koirala as a spokesperson for our cause," said Giulia Vallese, UNFPA Representative in Nepal.

"Our efforts must be sustained well into the future, and must be adequately and consistently resourced. We are very grateful to Manisha for her dedication and commitment, and look forward to working together strategically both now and in the future.”

Alongside the government of Nepal, UNFPA is helping to coordinate and provide sexual and reproductive health services for women and girls who need them the most, including obstetric care and safe delivery for women who are pregnant, as well as a range of medical services. 


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