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In a crowded classroom on a Saturday morning in February, almost fifty reproductive health nurses gather to learn about detecting and responding to gender-based violence (GBV) in emergencies.
It’s hard to fathom that only days ago, their tiny island Kingdom of Tonga was ravaged by Tropical Cyclone Gita. But they are here, and keen to learn.
Following the devastation wrecked by Tropical Cyclone Gita on the island of Kingdon of Tonga, the Tonga Family Health Association deployed an emergency response team. The team was able to bring vital sexual and reproductive health care to local communities. By taking services to the people, the team has been able to expand the types of care that many women would not readily access including pap smears and the opportunity to raise awareness around gender-based violence.
Tonga Family Health Association (TFHA) the Condom Campaign: an HIV/AIDs and STI awareness campaign promoting condom use across sexually diverse groups including transgender people, sex workers and men who have sex with men; challenging social norms and stigma; and improving the status and wellbeing of Leitis (transgender people) and the people they reach with their increased knowledge of safer sex.