On August 9 and 11, 2018, Community Partners International (CPI) distributed Dignity Kits to 500 women of reproductive age, including pregnant women and adolescent girls, affected by ongoing flooding in Kayin State, Myanmar. The Dignity Kits contain a range of items to support female hygiene and protect the health and safety of women facing displacement and other challenges due to the floods. These include a sarong, a bra, underwear, sanitary pads, a blanket, soap, laundry detergent, a toothbrush and toothpaste.
In coordination with the Ministry of Health and Sports (MoHS) Kayin State Public Health Department, distribution focused primarily on flood-affected communities that have not received much support since the flooding began. During distribution, CPI staff provided women receiving the kits with short awareness sessions on gender-based violence (GBV), family planning and menstrual hygiene, addressing the specific challenges they may be facing due to the floods such as displacement and greater difficulty in accessing adequate health services, hygiene and sanitation.
The provision of Dignity Kits was funded through the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Myanmar’s Women and Girls First Initiative, supported by the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and the Australian Embassy in Myanmar.