Emergency update from Fiji

Fiji

One month on from Cyclone Winston, IPPF has helped hundreds of families, including new mothers and pregnant women. Thousands of people are disaplaced and 43 have now been confirmed dead in the worst tropical super-storm to have ever hit the Pacific. 

IPPF’s humanitarian wing, the SPRINT Initiative, is solely funded by the Australian Government to provide life-saving sexual and reproductive health services following a humanitarian crisis. The Australian Government provided an additional AUD $100,000 to ensure SPRINT could respond to the worst affected populations.

Fiji update

  • Medical camps set around the country to guarantee basic healthcare
    Medical camps set around the country to guarantee basic healthcare
  • people in medical mission
    people in medical mission
  • SPRINT: IPPF humanitarian arm
    SPRINT: IPPF humanitarian arm
  • Medical camps have been set around the country to guarantee basic healthcare
    Medical camps have been set around the country to guarantee basic healthcare
  • We are providing dignity and hygiene kits
    We are providing dignity and hygiene kits
  • IPPF is helping pregnant women and new mothers
    IPPF is helping pregnant women and new mothers
  • Distributing essential kits to people at the camp
    Distributing essential kits to people at the camp
  • IPPF-SPRINT staff in Fiji
    IPPF-SPRINT staff in Fiji
  • We also provide information on sexual and reproductive rights
    We also provide information on sexual and reproductive rights
  • IPPF-SPRINT staff during a medical visit
    IPPF-SPRINT staff during a medical visit
  • Our staff is on the ground to guarantee medical services to cyclone-affected population.
    Our staff is on the ground to guarantee medical services to cyclone-affected population.
  • We're also providing training on sexual and reproductive health
    We're also providing training on sexual and reproductive health
  • In IPPF camps, we're guaranteeing medical checks to women and children
    In IPPF camps, we're guaranteeing medical checks to women and children
  • One of the clients of IPPF camp with her child
    One of the clients of IPPF camp with her child
  • IPPF staff in action
    IPPF staff in action
  • We're providing essential dignity and hygiene kits
    We're providing essential dignity and hygiene kits
  • Dignity kit
    Dignity kit
  • dignity kits
    dignity kits

 

IPPF’s assistance includes distributing hygiene and dignity kits to pregnant women and new mothers, providing maternal and neonatal healthcare, providing family planning and prevention programs to reduce the spread of sexually transmitted infections, including HIV. 

There has been an urgent need to respond to the immediate sexual and reproductive health needs of communities, specifically vulnerable groups such as pregnant and lactating women and women & girls at risk of gender-based violence. In crisis settings rates of gender-based violence drastically increase, and SPRINT has provided survivors with emergency care and services.

IPPF-SPRINT has reproductive health missions in the provinces of Nataleira, Natalecake, Vadravadra. The Ministry of Health, under the Fiji Government, has also committed their medical staff to IPPF's medical camps.

A key partner to the humanitarian repsonse is IPPF's local member association, the Reproductive and Family Health Association of Fiji (RFHAF).

The Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Honourable Julie Bishop paid a visit to IPPF-SPRINT’s SRH mission in early March to observe the work of the Australian-funded response. The Minister also distributed hygiene kits to the affected population in Rakiraki hospital in western Fiji.

Apart from providing key sexual reproductive services, IPPF-SPRINT is also providing basic medical assistance to those affected.