More resources needed to cope with increasing birth rates among tsunami victims in Sri Lanka’s East coast, says UNICEF. More resources needed to cope with increasing birth rates among tsunami victims in Sri Lanka’s East coast, says UNICEF. Families in the East coast that lost their children to the tsunami in December last year, are trying to get back their lost children – but limited resources can’t support the baby boom.
“The rising birth rates are brining new challenges,” said Leanne Mitchell, Communication Officer, UNICEF, Sri Lanka.
“Many mothers who lost all their children are now giving birth,” says Dr. Sabaretnam Jeyakumar, Consultant Medical Officer at the Trincomalee General Hospital.
“Many people come to the hospital trying to reverse sterilisation. We are also seeing many older mothers who are risking pregnancy to replace the children they lost,” says Jeyakumar.
The trend, although a normal reaction, puts both mothers and babies at risk by overtaxing caring capacity.
“After the tsunami many cannot afford these growing families, nor are they strong enough psychologically to support t