The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has set up non-traditional condom outlets around refugee settlements in Cross River.

The intervention is to increase access to condoms in communities that have refugees.

The exercise, which was carried out in Ikom, was targeted at Obanliku, Boki, Akamkpa and Etung Local Government Areas of the state.

The Project Coordinator for UNFPA, Dr Idowu Araoyinbo, told the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday that the global body did a mapping to identify the health care providers close to the benefiting communities.

Araoyinbo said that volunteers, including refugees, were engaged as focal persons to distribute and enlighten people in their wards on the benefits and proper usage of condoms.

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“We organised town hall meetings which served as information dissemination points to the communities on the availability of condoms in strategic locations and how they could utilise them effectively,” he said.

Araoyinbo said the body also carried out capacity building which served as a platform to link the volunteers to the patent medicine vendors, the hot spots and the health care facilities where the condoms would be picked up.

The UN official, said the approach became imperative after the agency carried out a joint needs assessment, and discovered there was high level of transactional sex without access to condoms in the communities.

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