Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Just What They Need

Hundreds of thousands of people in Myanmar are suffering wholesale displacement, hunger, thirst and disease.

So what kind of aid does the UN send?

Bangkok - The United Nations will send nearly a quarter of a million condoms into cyclone-hit Myanmar to help needy survivors with no access to contraceptives, a UN official says.

So far, the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) said it had sent 72,800 condoms to survivors struggling to maintain their family planning after the storm hit in early May.

A total of 218,400 condoms would be delivered, UNFPA aid advisor Chaiyos Kunanusont said.

"We don't want regular use of contraception disrupted. An emergency usually damages the health system, so people don't have access to condoms and contraceptives," said Chaiyos.

Are we surprised that these lunkheads in the UN equate access to condoms on the same level as access to food, water and shelter?


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