Hurricane Fiona: Meeting the needs of girls and young women must be a priority – Dominican Republic


Plan International is preparing the response in the Dominican Republic for the most vulnerable populations during the emergency.

Dominican Republic, September 27 – A week after Hurricane Fiona landed in the Dominican Republic, more than 600,000 children and adolescents are estimated to be at risk. Already 8,708 houses have been affected and 2,262 destroyed. At least 43,000 people have been evacuated and 700,000 have limited access to water (PAHO). In addition, according to the Ministry of Education, 68 schools were damaged.

“In disaster and emergency situations, it is essential to take into account the needs of the most vulnerable populations, those most at risk and those most at risk, mainly children, especially girls. One example is the guarantee of menstrual health, which is often affected by the lack of access to menstrual hygiene products compared to other basic necessities, which means that for many people they are considered like luxury items,” said Eleanor Ramirez, Program Officer for Disaster Risk Management at Plan International.

For the response to this emergency, Plan International is working in the Eastern region and coordinating with local and national authorities of the National Disaster Prevention, Mitigation and Response System.

According to initial assessments made by the organization, its response to the emergency will prioritize the food and nutritional security of families, the menstrual health of girls, young women and women, and the education of children in emergency situation.

The first actions planned are the distribution of cash transfers to 400 households, with an emphasis on women heads of households and groups in vulnerable situations. In addition, menstrual hygiene kits will be delivered to 1,200 girls, adolescents and young women. Finally, to support education in emergency situations, 600 educational kits will be distributed to children and adolescents. These operations will begin in the municipalities of Veron, Higüey and San Rafael del Yuma.

Plan International began working in the Dominican Republic in 1987.

Today we work in more than 120 communities in the following provinces: Azua, Barahona, Pedernales, San Juan de la Maguana, Independence, Elías Piña, La Altagracia, San Pedro de Macorís, Santiago and San Cristóbal.

We have a clear ambition that no girl gets married or becomes pregnant before the age of 18.

Our programs promote changes in behaviors, social norms and policies so that children can grow up in communities where they can participate, reach their full potential and have their rights respected.

For more information please contact:

Dario GilPichardo
Programs and Influence Manager
Email: [email protected]
Mobile: +1 829-344-5149municipalities of Veron,
Higuey and San Rafael del Yuma.

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