The Family Planning Association of Nepal has organised an integrated reproductive health camp targeting the people of Melamchi Municipality in the flood-hit Sindhupalchowk district.

"Various services such as tests for cervical cancer, HIV tests and counselling for pregnant women and victims of violence against women took place at the health camp," said programme director of FPAN, Subas Shrestha.

"Over 300 women availed health services from the camp," he said.

"There are around 1,000 pregnant women at the municipality and Helambu Rural Municipality, and they need health services at the earliest," he said.

On the occasion, programme officer Shrestha handed over contraceptives and dignity kits to municipality Mayor Dambar Bahadur Aryal.

Meanwhile, the FPAN has continued to provide its services even during the COV- ID-19 pandemic by following World Health Organisation standards.

It has been providing services from its clinics at various places of the country.

It said it had provided services to 3.3 million people in 2020, which is only 15 per cent less compared to the people served in 2019 when there was no COVID-19.

FPAN has been providing free services to the excluded and marginalised groups, gender minorities, women sex workers, people with HIV/AIDS and disabled persons.

Around 90 per cent of FPAN's beneficiaries are those who do not have access to health services.

Of them, 30 per cent are adolescents.

A version of this article appears in the print on July 16 2021, of The Himalayan Times.