Rebuilding Fiji after Cyclone Winston: one year on
In 2016, Fiji was devastated by the highest grade cyclone to ever hit the island. One year on, IPPF revisited the worst affected families that were helped immediately after.
With our local Member Association on the ground, the Reproductive & Family Health Association of Fiji, we delivered life-saving sexual and reproductive health services throughout this humanitarian crisis. Our key clients were women and girls, particularly young women, pregnant women and new mothers.
In the onset of disaster, sexual violence escalates and maternal care becomes a key concern. IPPF invests in local health providers to empower individuals as agents of change within their own communities.
IPPF’s humanitarian response in Fiji is part of the SPRINT Initiative. SPRINT ensures access to essential life-saving and reproductive health services in crisis and post-crisis situations, through funding from the Australian Government.
"I was shocked - there was nothing of the house. Everything was gone and I was four months pregnant."
"We tried to be prepared when the cyclone came. But we had to rush to the evacuation centre when the roof blew off our house."
"I was seven-months pregnant. It was already very hard trying to keep my other three children safe."
"I tell the men of our village to stop the violence against women and the young ones."
supported by the Australian Government