Humanitarian Day: UNFPA assures support for women, girls in Zamfara

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) on Saturday reiterated commitment to support women and girls from internally displaced communities in Zamfara in the areas of sexual and reproductive health.

The Head UNFPA Kaduna Office, Mrs Loide Amkongo disclosed this at a sensitisation rally to commemorate the 2023 World Humanitarian Day in Gusau.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the theme of the 2023 Humanitarian Day is: “No Matter What” In a World Beset by Challenges”.

The sensitisation rally was organised by the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) in collaboration with the UNFPA.

Amkongo said, “We want to ensure that women and girls from internally displaced communities in the state irrespective of their situation can access to sexual and reproductive health services.

“We want to make sure that they can access facilities of gender-based violence interms of services and information.

“Our focus is to ensure that we restore their dignity, we will continue to support mobile clinics for them, we want ensure that pregnant women among them brought to the health facilities.

“On behalf of the head of UNFPA country office, we recommit our commitment to continue partnering with Zamfara government towards rendering humanitarian service in the state, she said.

Also speaking, the Director Planning, Research and Statistics, State Ministry of Humanitarian and Relief Matters, Mr Isah Shu’iabu, commended the UNPFA for various humanitarian services to the state.

“I am using this medium to appreciate the efforts of all stakeholders especially the donors organisation and individuals, CSOs, NGOs for complementing government efforts in providing support to IDPs and other vulnerable groups.

“This day is very important to us as regards to provision of humanitarian services to victims of disasters and vulnerable persons.

“In the morning before we embark on this rally, we visited IDP camp at Saminaka area after interacting with them we shared them relief items,” Shuaibu said.

He expressed the state government’s commitment to continue to partner with all stakeholders in the humanitarian services.

Also speaking on behalf of the CSOs, Dr Yahaya Alhassan, described the event as welcome development in recognition of humanitarian services.

“Today, all the humanitarian actors in the state come together to celebrate this important day, we are here also to strengthen our efforts in responding to humanitarian crises,” he added.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria