UN needs $835m to meet basic requirements of IDPs
United Nations Sexual and Reproductive Health Agency (UNFPA) has said about $835 million is needed to provide life-saving services to meet the health and protection needs of 54.5 million displaced women, girls and young people in 2022.
The agency also said natural disasters intensified by climate change, conflict and the continuing coronavirus pandemic, are driving up humanitarian needs and displacement worldwide, taking a devastating and disproportionate toll on women and girls who are less able to access life-saving services and less likely to be part of decision-making that affects their lives.
UNFPA stated this, yesterday, at the launch of its largest-ever humanitarian appeal to reach over 54 million women, girls and young people in 61 countries in 2022.
The humanitarian support to countries will focus on the provision of integrated sexual and reproductive health and gender-based violence services and comprehensive support for survivors of violence, including mental health and psychosocial support. The total appeal is $835 million.
According to the UN’s body, every day, women and girls living in crisis settings face increased risks to their safety, dignity and wellbeing, while, too often, essential and life-saving sexual and reproductive health care is an afterthought in conflict and disaster situations.
It added that women and girls’ ability to access services critical to their health, future and survival is at best diminished and at worst eroded, at a time when their needs are greatest, with devastating consequences.
Speaking at the event, Executive Director of UNFPA, Dr. Natalia Kanem, said: “The rights and needs of women and girls affected by humanitarian crises must be prioritised as we work together to leave no one behind.
In Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Haiti, Syria, and over 50 other humanitarian settings, we see just how quickly hard-won gains for women and girls can be unwound in the face of a crisis. As needs arise, we must listen to women’s voices, invest in their leadership and act urgently to ensure that their rights, agency and dignity are at the heart of our humanitarian response.”
The 2022 humanitarian action highlights the world’s biggest crises for women and girls and the urgent need to increase international aid to alleviate human suffering and keep pace with rising needs.
With humanitarian needs expected to double by 2030, UNFPA’s priority is to support countries to strengthen capacities and systems for the provision of integrated essential, life-saving sexual and reproductive health and gender-based violence services.