Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) in emergencies is crucial, truly life-saving!
Under the purview of FPA Sri Lanka's Outreach Unit's SPRINT Project the following programmes were facilitated by Dr. Harischandra Yakandawala, Consultant – FPASL and Dr. Novi Wijesekara, Medical Officer – Disaster Preparedness and Response Division, Ministry of Health.
A Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) Sensitization Workshop for officers of the National Disaster Relief Service Centre (NDRSC) was conducted on 26th August 2019 at the Ministry of Disaster Management.
The NDRSC is the mandatory government body in charge of camp management during emergencies.
Mr. Chaminda Pathiraja, Director – NDRSC, Ms. Savithri Jayakody, Assistant Director – NDRSC together with 25 district officers and 10 officers from the NDRSC Head Office participated in the workshop which was facilitated by Dr. Harischandra Yakandawala, Consultant – FPASL and Dr. Novi Wijesekara, Medical Officer – Disaster Preparedness and Response Division, Ministry of Health.
Key topics addressed: ‘Why integrating SRH in emergency service provision is important’ and ‘How to ensure SRH needs of vulnerable groups in camp management’.
A two day training on Minimum Initial Service Package (MISP) in SRH was conducted for parties working with Disabled Person Organizations (DPOs) on the 28th and 29th of August, 2019 at Best Western Elson, Colombo.
Persons with disabilities are often marginalised in terms of access to sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services, due to lack of knowledge or awareness about their needs, stigmatising attitudes, or an assumption that they are not sexually active and/or do not desire or cannot have children. In times of crisis these issues are exacerbated.
14 officers and members from several DPOs successfully completed the training course. Inclusion of vulnerable groups into SRH service provision is the main scope of the SPRINT Project, therefore persons with hearing, visual, physical and intellectual disabilities were among the recipients of this training. .