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UN programme to help conflict-hit Nepalese

world Updated: May 22, 2007 09:50 IST

The United Nations Population Fund has launched a programme to deliver reproductive health services to 25,000 people hit by the conflict in Nepal.

Health camps will be set up in six districts in the far-western and mid-western regions of the country, and will provide urgently needed services, including counseling, lab tests, treatment, referral and surgical care.

Funded by the Government of Japan, the project "will address immediate reproductive health needs of women, men and adolescents in both urban and remote areas of conflict-affected districts, while permanent services are being developed," said Junko Sazaki, UNFPA Representative.

"Bringing reproductive health services to conflict-affected villages and communities will not only improve the health status of the most vulnerable populations, but will also build hope and belief in the overall development, fostering confidence in the peacebuilding process," she added.

The greater access to these health services will contribute to the promotion of human rights and empowerment of youth and of women, FPA said, adding in addition, the scheme targets the achievement of several of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), time-bound targets for slashing poverty and other ills by the year 2015.