The Vanuatu Family Health Association (VFHA) has recently held a conference to reflect on its humanitarian response on the islands of Ambrym and Paama following Tropical Cyclone (TC) Lola.

Disasters such as TC Lola affected vulnerable people, such as women and girls, disproportionately. Families were left with poorer sanitation and hygiene conditions. VFHA response focuses on the health and rights of women and girls in remote areas.

On both islands, VFHA was able to provide services to 1907 beneficiaries during the response activity. These services included Sexual Reproductive Health Services and General Conditions Services.

VFHA reached 23 communities on both islands, and more than 4000 services were provided. VFHA was able to provide these services due to the generous donations received from our donors as well as our partners.

VFHA was able to leverage the resources it had in order to expand services and provide services to more beneficiaries. VFHA was able to increase its reach and coverage through the use of partnerships and donations, which allowed them to purchase the necessary supplies.

Partners and donors present at the consultation conference include Australian Aid, Ministry of Health, SHEFA Health, MALAMPA Health, VPride, Save the Children as well as members of the VFHA Board of Directors.

These organisations and donors are important stakeholders in the work of the VFHA and their support is essential to the success of the organisation. Their presence at this event signals their commitment to the VFHA’s mission and provides a platform for the organization to build relationships with other stakeholders.

While thanking the partners for their ongoing support, the local Non-Government Organisations (NGO) and member of the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) assured its commitment to continuing to build and foster relationship their relationship.

The consultation was an opportunity for VFHA to share the success of its response activity with the partners and also share inputs to strengthen response.