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In early April 2020, the all too familiar destruction of a Tropical Cyclone (TC) – Harold – hit the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji and Tonga. One of the worst affected areas was the Eastern part of Fiji.
Kiribati is one of the least developed countries in the Pacific with few natural resources, limited governance, institutional capacity, and infrastructure. Humanitarian crises are prevalent here, and the occurrence of extreme weather events is likely to increase due to the climate crisis as the sea levels rise and regularly flood coastal homes.
Meet some of the dedicated staff and volunteers working on the frontline during a global pandemic. Working tirelessly, our colleagues are ensuring women, men, young people and families continue to receive sexual and reproductive healthcare throughout cities and in remote communities.
After marrying early, 21-year-old Muna decided that two children was what she wanted for the time being. So she approached the Family Planning Association of Nepal for help.
Raising three children by herself, Lijana did not have time to think about her health. That was until she could no longe ignore the feeling that something was wrong. Through friends, she discovered the Albanian Centre of Population and Development (ACDP) clinic. It changed her life.
Eleanor's first cervical cancer screening came back negative. Three years later at her follow-up appointment, she expected the same negative result. Unfortunately, this time it was positive. Once she successfully completed her treatment, her experience turned her into an ardent activist for cervical cancer prevention in her community.
Through social media, 21-year-old Artemisa Seraj stumbled across a post from Aulona center, offering free workshops and seminars on sexual and reproductive healthcare. Curious to learn more about the 'taboo' subject, she attended a talk and was immediately convinced that she wanted to do more to empower women and girls in her community.
Hatixhe is a nurse at the Albanian Centre of Population and Development clinic. With 39 years of experience in gynaecology, she has seen vast improvements in access and services, and believes VIA and cryotherapy is a step further in the right direction for women's healthcare.
Flash floods in Sri Lanka in May 2017 triggered landslides that left many people homeless. Chathurika, a youth volunteer for a family planning association, took part in the crisis response by helping out at a health camp.
After tropical cyclone Gita, the IPPF Humanitarian team were deployed to Tonga where they met Leilani. Leilani identifies as a 'Leiti' (transgender woman) and she is fighting the stigma and discrimination surrounding the Leiti and LGBTI+ community.