A Newspaper Published by World Institute for Asian Studies. Powered by WIAS, Vol. 9 No. 12

Pregnant women among IDPs a top priority of the Sri Lanka Government

Colombo, 09 May, ( At least 3,000 pregnant women have fled the fighting in Northern Sri Lanka in recent days and some 350 will give birth in the next month, according to estimates by UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund.

The Ministry of Health has dispatched another 100 doctors to the rehabilitation camps in the North to cope with the situation, a Ministry spokes man said.

With increasing influx of internally displaced persons (IDPs), the UNFPA is also stepping up its support for the health and safety of women and girls affected by the conflict, particularly those who are pregnant.

Around 15 percent of women giving birth will develop complications that require blood transfusions or emergency surgical care.

Pregnancy - related disabilities and death often rise in conflict situations when reproductive health services are disrupted.

The number of IDPs in camps run by the Sri Lankan Government rose from 65,000 to 190,000 in just a few days after a mass civilian exodus from the combat zone in April.

In response, UNFPA is expanding support for mobile reproductive health clinics offering prenatal and postnatal care, services for the prevention of Sexually transmitted diseases and HIV, and psychosocial counselling. Since late December 2008, 139 mobile clinic sessions have been conducted in Vavuniya and Mannar, serving 5,550 people.

The Fund will continue distributing personal hygiene packs for displaced women and girls, maternity kits for pregnant women, and reproductive health supplies for hospitals providing emergency life-saving care for pregnant women

- Asian Tribune -

It is a pathetic story that

It is a pathetic story that most women got pregnant because they did not want to get forcibly conscripted by LTTE. If this is the case, international community should double their aid and help to these people who tried their best, including getting pregnant, to do so.