Britain announces additional 10 million pounds in assistance

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resize_image The United Kingdom today pledged an additional 10 million pounds to help provide life-saving health services in the districts devastated  by the earthquake. This latest support raises UK’s assistance post earthquake to over 33 million pounds, the largest aid to the relief operation. The aid will be provided through different international agencies including those of the UN.

The annoucement was made by the visiting Department For International Development (DFID), Secretary Justine Greening during a meeting with Prime Minister Sushil Koirala.

A statement issued by the British Embassy states that the assistance will be used to provide critical services for 18,000 people injured in the crisis, rebuilding 1,000 damaged health facilities, protecting displaced women and girls from violence through access to crisis centers and support for legal advice, immunisations for 3,000 children and access to family planning for 48,000 women.

The remaining resources will ensure that key partners are prepared to respond in the event of another crisis and will be able to deliver good quality health services to vulnerable women and children.

Reports estimates around 2,000 pregnant women in districts worst hit by the earthquake could deliver before the onset of monsoon in late June. In some cases, premature babies will born due to the stress associated with the earthquake. Britain’s support will help ensure there are safe birthing facilities and to provide post-natal care to mothers and babies.

DFID is also allocating support to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) to provide around 15,000 dignity kits to women and girls affected by the earthquake.

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