UNFPA pledges reproductive healthcare to just freed Chibok girls


The United Nations Populations Fund (UNFPA) has stated that it would provide emergency reproductive healthcare, psychosocial counselling and other critical support to the just freed 82 Chibok school girls.

The fund welcomed the release of the additional 82 Chibok girls who were kidnapped by Boko Haram insurgents.

The fund also stated that an emergency team of psychosocial counsellors and health professionals have been deployed to assist with the profiling of the girls, so their critical needs can be met.

It added that dignity kits which contain culturally appropriate attire and intimate hygiene supplies have been gotten and would be given to the girls to help restore their dignity.

A rehabilitation programme similar to that done for the 21 Chibok girls released in October 2016 would also be set up for the additional 82 released by the insurgents.

The programme will give access to quality education in order to bridge the learning gap created by their abduction, access to reproductive healthcare for their sexual well-being and lots more. The programme is made to specifically meet each girl’s need of counselling and to help them overcome the trauma of being held captive for more than 3 years.

The Fund also promised to engage the girls in various skill acquisition programmes to ease their reintegration into the society.

It stated that it would continue its partnership with the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development to support women and girls who are survivors of sexual and gender-based violence.

The Fund and its various partners have provided direct prevention and response services to 200,000 women and girls, survivors or at risk of gender based violence through its safe spaces and community outreach.

It stated that over 3.5 million survivors have been provided with sexual and reproductive healthcare services and also psychosocial support and counseling.

A presidential spokesman, Mallam Garba Shehu, confirmed that the girls were released in exchange for some Boko Haram suspects held by the Federal government.

The girls were released to international negotiators who have been working with the Federal Government for their safe return since they were abducted in April 2014.


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Joan Obasi is a journalism intern working with HealthNewsNG.com in Lagos, Nigeria. She covers developments in the healthcare sector. She can be reached via joan@healthnewsng.com

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