Emergency response as Cyclone Winston hits Fiji, 2016

  • In February 2016, Cyclone Winston ravaged the Pacific Islands over three days. Fiji was left with wide-spread devastation leaving many homes and amenities destroyed.
    In February 2016, Cyclone Winston ravaged the Pacific Islands over three days. Fiji was left with wide-spread devastation leaving many homes and amenities destroyed.
  • "I have never experienced such a strong cyclone in my 77 years of life,” Jokaveti Bavou, Fiji. Her village was devastated by category 5 Cyclone Winston.
    "I have never experienced such a strong cyclone in my 77 years of life,” Jokaveti Bavou, Fiji. Her village was devastated by category 5 Cyclone Winston.
  • RFHAF staff prepare dignity kits for clients before setting up the mobile outreach clinics.
    RFHAF staff prepare dignity kits for clients before setting up the mobile outreach clinics.
  • The content of our dignity kits vary. They are culturally appropriate and sensitive to the needs of the women and adolescent girls affected by the crisis.
    The content of our dignity kits vary. They are culturally appropriate and sensitive to the needs of the women and adolescent girls affected by the crisis.
  • Our staff on the ground providing clients with sexual health services via mobile outreach pop-up clinics.
    Our staff on the ground providing clients with sexual health services via mobile outreach pop-up clinics.
  • 31 year old Elenoa with her children in her house in village Navala in Ra Province. "At the time of Cyclone Winston I was seven-months pregnant. It was already very hard trying to keep my other three children safe. I was alone with them because my husband went out hunting before the cyclone hit."
    31 year old Elenoa with her children in her house in village Navala in Ra Province. "At the time of Cyclone Winston I was seven-months pregnant. It was already very hard trying to keep my other three children safe. I was alone with them because my husband went out hunting before the cyclone hit."
  • 7 months pregnant, Kelera in her house in Natalacake villagein Ra Province.
    7 months pregnant, Kelera in her house in Natalacake villagein Ra Province.
  • Parvinder at her road side stall selling Hawaiian chestnuts in Natalacake village in Ra Province.
    Parvinder at her road side stall selling Hawaiian chestnuts in Natalacake village in Ra Province.
  • Atunaisa in his house in Natalacake village in Ra Province."My daughter-in-law, she was pregnant at the time, and received assistance from IPPF. She got some help with the buckets which helped the whole family. We were able to store fresh drinking water inside."
    Atunaisa in his house in Natalacake village in Ra Province."My daughter-in-law, she was pregnant at the time, and received assistance from IPPF. She got some help with the buckets which helped the whole family. We were able to store fresh drinking water inside."
  • Ratu Meli Tovelo is chief in his village of Naiserelagi in Ra Province.
    Ratu Meli Tovelo is chief in his village of Naiserelagi in Ra Province.
  • 22 year old, Sulueti with her son in Nanukuloa village in Ra Province. She received a dignity kit from IPPF and received baby supplies for post-delivery, everything that was required for a new mother to care for a baby was in the kit.
    22 year old, Sulueti with her son in Nanukuloa village in Ra Province. She received a dignity kit from IPPF and received baby supplies for post-delivery, everything that was required for a new mother to care for a baby was in the kit.
  • Sevuama Sevutia, Turaga Ni Koro (deputy head) of village Naiserelagi in Ra Province. “Nowadays, as the education level rises, we have to open up. But in the village, in the olden days, when people would see condoms they would say, 'no no, don’t talk about that'. But I am encouraging them to open up.”
    Sevuama Sevutia, Turaga Ni Koro (deputy head) of village Naiserelagi in Ra Province. “Nowadays, as the education level rises, we have to open up. But in the village, in the olden days, when people would see condoms they would say, 'no no, don’t talk about that'. But I am encouraging them to open up.”
  • Deborah is 18 years old. She is expecting her first baby.
    Deborah is 18 years old. She is expecting her first baby.
  • The Pacific seen from Raki Raki in Fiji.
    The Pacific seen from Raki Raki in Fiji.

When Cyclone Winston hit Fiji in February 2016 there was extensive damage on many islands, 44 people were left dead. A state of emergency was declared on February 20th and stayed in place for 60 days.