Bangkok - The United Nations will send nearly a quarter of a million condoms into cyclone-hit Myanmar to help needy survivors with no access to contraceptives, a UN official says.
So far, the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) said it had sent 72 800 condoms to survivors struggling to maintain their family planning after the storm hit in early May.A total of 218 400 condoms would be delivered, UNFPA aid advisor Chaiyos Kunanusont said.
"We don't want regular use of contraception disrupted. An emergency usually damages the health system, so people don't have access to condoms and contraceptives," said Chaiyos.
Flights were also carrying reproductive health kits, which included razors for cutting umbilical cords, clean sheets for delivering babies and enough contraceptive pills and injections to last 3 390 women three months.
The supplies were meant to serve about 300 000 people, Chaiyos said.
Cyclone Nargis left 2.4 million people in desperate need of food, medicine and shelter, the UN estimated, but Chaiyos said not all of the affected people would need family planning supplies.
"Not every single woman is using contraceptives in Myanmar. We're basing this on regular habits," he said.Cyclone Nargis left at least 133 000 people dead and missing, and aid groups had complained that supplies were not getting to survivors quickly enough because of limitations imposed by the ruling junta.
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Saving Burma, one jimmy hat at a time
Some news is just too strange not to be true. If you had anyone doubts about the competency of the hacks who populate the UN, let them be laid to rest with this story:
H.o.l.y.C.r.a.p. I wish for the sake of those Burmese who are already suffering even more that this wasn't true. A bunch of Western elites sending boxes of latex rather than food, water and emergency medical supplies. Because if there's one thing people who have just had their homes and lives destroyed loved to do, it's have risky sex. I suppose this reminds me tangentially of why people believe in God: there has to be justice.