UNFPA: Clean Birthing Kits in Emergency Situations

 
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Mar 17, 2014

Safe birth in the Central African Republic

Dekoisse and her new baby receive a dignity kit
Dekoisse and her new baby receive a dignity kit

Even as the humanitarian crisis in Central African Republic continues to deteriorate, women are still in need of a safe place to give birth.  Approximately 1 million people have lost their homes and livelihoods due to escalating ethnic and religious violence that has claimed tens of thousands of lives. 

                For just $11, 3 women can be provided with a clean birthing kit to help deliver their babies safely and with dignity in crisis situations. This kit can mean the difference between life and death for both mother and child.

                After experiencing the horror of having her husband shot dead and her home set on fire, 25 year old Dekoisse Charlin ran cradling what mattered to her the most, her son. Along with numerous others fleeing from her destroyed village, she set off on the long, arduous journey to a refugee camp. Dekoisse’s nightmare had not ended, she was also heavily pregnant and unsure of how she would deliver her baby safely when she arrived.

                Luckily for Dekoisse, when the time came to give birth, a clean birthing kit meant survival: “My son and I arrived with no possessions because our house was burnt down. Eleven days later, I delivered a baby boy. My children and I were able to get potable water thanks to the dignity kit provided by UNFPA”.

UNFPA understands that women must still give birth during crises no matter how dangerous or inconvenient the circumstances. To meet the urgent needs of pregnant women and young people affected by the crisis, UNFPA has distributed thousands of dignity kits, clean delivery kits, and other reproductive health and life-saving supplies for women like Dekoisse. These vital necessities will cover the reproductive needs of 450,000 refugees gathered in the capital, Bangui, and six surrounding villages.

                For only $25 a woman can be provided with hygiene essentials for six months, allowing her to maintain her dignity in hazardous situations. Please consider making a contribution so these women can stay healthy whilst caring for their newborn babies.

Dec 18, 2013

Safe Delivery After Typhoon Haiyan

Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines on November 8th 2013, destroying over a million homes, and hundreds of health facilities. With the destruction 5 million people were left homeless and 3 million women left in need of reproductive health and safe birthing services. An estimated 230,000 pregnant women face increased risks due to interrupted access to health facilities, with 25,000 births expected next month alone.  UNFPA is deploying mobile medical teams to provide reproductive health services and distribute supplies such as clean birthing and hygiene kits to help at risk mothers.

For just an $11 donation, UNFPA can produce 3 emergency clean birthing kits that can provide critical help in ensuring the safe delivery and health of three mothers and their babies.

Just two days after the strongest storm ever recorded hit the Filipino city Tacloban, Emily Sagalis, 21 gave birth to a baby girl in a destroyed airport that had been converted into a makeshift clinic. After a wave washed away her home and entire community, Sagalis and her husband took shelter in a school building where she started having labor pains. They walked for several kilometers to find help, and were finally taken by truck to the airport ruins where a military doctor helped her deliver safely.

At the makeshift clinic, holding her baby while a volunteer held an IV drip above them, Sagalis said “She is my miracle. I had thought I would die with her still inside me when high waves came and took us all away.”

Although Sagalis safely delivered her baby, the doctor said both mother and baby are at high risk of infections. The clinic couldn’t help any further, as it had run out of antibiotics. An estimated 230,000 pregnant women like Sagalis are at risk of giving birth in unsterile conditions with limited access to supplies.

Women continue to give birth after disasters no matter how inconvenient or dangerous the circumstances. UNFPA provides expecting mothers with crucial care during humanitarian crisis. UNFPA works to ensure the health and safety of the especially vulnerable displaced women who are pregnant or have young babies.

For $25, UNFPA can supply a woman with hygiene essentials for six months, helping her maintain her dignity in a displaced situation. Please consider making a contribution today. Only with your vital support can we continue to care for mothers and their children in their time of need.

Sep 13, 2013

Safe Delivery for Syrian Refugee in Jordan

Khloloud Mohammad and baby girl, Rania
Khloloud Mohammad and baby girl, Rania

Civil war in Syria has driven over 2,000,000 people from their homes. More than a quarter have gone to neighboring Jordan where UNCHR – the United Nations Refugee Agency – has set up camps to host these refugees and provide them with basic services. Women and children who are especially vulnerable to exploitation, violence and abuse during crises make up over 78% of the camps and 1 in 5 women are pregnant.

During times of conflict, essential health care services are often interrupted, leaving pregnant women especially at risk. These women no longer have access to reproductive health services, and often are forced to give birth in unsanitary settings without assistance by a trained midwife or doctor.

UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, works hard to ensure that every child is delivered safely by providing reproductive health services and supplies to refugees in need. For just $11, UNFPA can provide three pregnant women with a clean delivery birthing kit. This kit, which includes a bar of soap, clear plastic sheet, umbilical cord tie, blanket, and latex, can mean the difference between life and death for a mother and her newborn child. 

Khloloud Mohammad, her husband and seven children braved shellings and snipers as they made the trek on foot to cross into Jordan. Seven months pregnant, Khloloud left Syria with her family to escape the violence. “All I want is to have a safe place for my children,” she said.  Once in Jordan, the family was transferred to Cyber City, a rapidly expanding refugee center with a UNFPA supported mobile clinic. With the help of a quick acting midwife, Khloloud was able to deliver a healthy baby girl, Rania. When Kholoud went into labor there was not time to transfer her to a hospital so the midwife, “had no other option but to help her give birth at the clinic.”

Sitting on a chair at the clinic, Khloloud was holding and breastfeeding her baby girl, Rania, with care and help from the midwife. “While I was running [from] the shelling in Syria, I was praying to God I would survive with my children and baby-to-come,” said Khloloud, “and here I am holding my baby and hope one day we will go back to our country and live in peace.”

Pregnancies do not stop during emergencies and UNFPA provides expecting mothers with crucial care during times of crisis like the civil war in Syria.  As the conflict escalates, this care is more important than ever to over a million women fleeing the violence.

For $25, UNFPA can supply a woman with hygiene essentials for six months, helping her maintain her dignity in a displaced situation. Please consider making a contribution today. Only with your vital support can we continue to care for mothers and their children in their time of need.  

Khloloud and midwife in UNFPA funded mobile clinic
Khloloud and midwife in UNFPA funded mobile clinic
Jun 17, 2013

A Syrian Refugee Gives Birth to a Healthy Baby

Um with her husband, children, and healthy baby
Um with her husband, children, and healthy baby

According to UNHCR, the United Nations Refugee Agency, there are 159, 017 registered Syrian refugees in Iraq. Specifically, at the Domiz Refugee Camp in Duhok, Iraq, there are 101,625 registered refugees.  Within the camp there are various UN and partner organizations at work to provide relief to refugees through shelter, food security, education, and health services. UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund is among these organizations and is hard at work providing reproductive health services and supplies, such as clean birthing kits to help refugees in need.

When people are displaced for various reasons their access to health care services becomes greatly reduced. They are put at a greater risk for trauma, malnutrition, disease, and violence. Pregnant women are especially at risk in these situations, as they often do not have access to prenatal care, delivery care, emergency medical services, and post-partum care.

For just an $11 donation, UNFPA can produce 3 emergency clean birthing kits that can provide critical help in ensuring the safe delivery and health of three mothers and their babies.

Um Mohammed, a Syrian refugee, gave birth to a beautiful and healthy baby boy in a time of crisis with the help of fast acting healthcare workers and UNFPA’s clean birthing kit. After she had been having contractions for two hours, Um arrived at the reproductive health clinic in the Domiz Camp in Iraq. She was checked by a midwife and it was confirmed that she was already in the second stage of labor. At that point, the clinic workers were scrambling to get her an ambulance to the hospital, however there was simply not enough time, so the doctor and midwife quickly transformed the clinic room into a delivery room. They were able to safely deliver Um’s baby using the clean birthing kit provided by UNFPA. Um is now doing better and is working to help promote the services of the clinic so that more pregnant women in the camp can find the care that they so desperately need.

In this emergency situation, the clean birthing kit was crucial in ensuring that Um had a clean delivery and that her baby was born healthy and safely. The kit consists of a bar of soap, clear plastic sheet, razor blade, umbilical cord tie, as well as cloth and latex gloves. Although it may seem simple, the kit provides lifesaving supplies to doctors and midwives in even the most remote and troubled regions where access to reproductive healthcare can be extremely scarce.

The services and resources that UNFPA provides in these areas, including the clean birthing kits, can make a life or death difference for many women and their babies. With the support of friends like you, UNFPA can help more women have safe births in these regions. For only $25, UNFPA can supply a woman with hygiene essentials for six months, helping her to maintain her dignity in a displaced situation. Please consider making a contribution today. With your help, we can make sure all women are afforded the right to a safe and sanitary delivery, even in times of crisis.

Mar 13, 2013

One Million Refugees Fleeing Syria Need Your Help

UNFPA delivers hygiene kits to Syrian refugees
UNFPA delivers hygiene kits to Syrian refugees

More than 50,000 Syrian refugees recently arrived at temporary shelters in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and Egypt in the last three months, resulting in an enormous and unprecedented strain on essential services. Women and children comprise over 80% of the refugee population, making them the most vulnerable in times of crises. Pregnant women are especially at risk, oftentimes stranded in refugee camps without immediate access to reproductive care.

A small donation of $11 or more can ensure women in these areas have clean, healthy and safe deliveries. On Wednesday, March 13th, you can double your impact! Global Giving is matching donations, with $50,000 available in matching funds – please donate today to help pregnant refugees in need.

Hear a firsthand account from a pregnant Syrian refugee on giving birth to a child in a time of crisis. Samira was seven months pregnant when she and her family fled their home in Syria. The 28-year old mother was not expecting to deliver her fifth baby in a refugee camp in Jordan.

Her labor came suddenly. "There was no time to go to the hospital, and I found myself delivering the baby in our tent," she said. "I was confused and afraid. It was late and there was no time to go to the hospital," the mother explained.

Samira was eventually transported to the Mafraq hospital where doctors told her that while her baby boy, Omar, was healthy, she needed extra care and should stay at the post-partum unit in the camp clinic.

The clinic, which is run by the Jordanian Health Aid Society with support from UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, has provided a range of healthcare services, including pre- and postnatal care, family planning and reproductive health education for many of the women residing in the camp. Samira is one of the few fortunate women who have access to health services provided by UNFPA and its local partners.

The influx of refugees has put a strain on existing national health services in Jordan. Increased support from the international community will be necessary for the United Nations and its partners to scale up their response. The provision of UNFPA's clean birthing kit can go a long way to save the life of a pregnant woman and her baby. By providing at least the most basic essentials (a bar of soap, clear plastic sheet, razor blade, an umbilical cord tie, cloth and latex gloves), the kit helps pregnant women who are unable to get to a health facility in a crisis or emergency situation.

While UNFPA does its best to provide reproductive care to women in vulnerable situations, it needs the support of donors like you to keep pace with the precarious humanitarian crisis faced by the Syrian people.  A $25 donation would provide hygiene essentials for six months, restoring dignity in a time of immense hardship. Please consider making an contribution today. Global Giving will match donations up to $50,000 on March13th , increasing the impact of your action! With your help, we can make sure all women are afforded the right to a safe and sanitary delivery, even in times of extreme crisis. 

Samira and her baby find care in a time of crisis
Samira and her baby find care in a time of crisis

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