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Sep 27, 2019

Scared and Alone- Help Women Like Lena Give Birth

The day that Lena gave birth to her seventh child began just like any other day. Her husband was out grazing their livestock in the grasslands of Kenya and her children went to bed at their normal time.

Then, chaos erupted. Bandits from a neighboring village had set fire to most of the homes in Lena's community and were shooting at those who fled. The assainlants' goal was to take livestock and other valuables to suvive through a drought that had been affecting the region. 

Lena escaped to the bush surrounding her home - alone except for a neighbor woman who had keep struck by a stray bullet. Her six children had run in different directions. That was when Lena went into labor. 

Luckily, Lena had a UNFPA emergency birth kit with her. She and her neighbor laid out a plastic sheet and Lena gave birth to her son, safely. 

You can support women like Lena! $5 provides one emergency birth kit to a pregnant woman in crisis. 

Everyday, more than 500 women in humanitarian settings die from preventable pregnancy and childbirth complications. 

Some of these women were alone or in labor for days before they died. Others may have passed away in front of loved ones who were lacked the basic tools to save her life. 

$400 provides one clinic with enough funds for midwives and supplies to help 50 women delivery healthy babies. 

UNFPA works to provide lifesaving care to women and girls all over the world. 

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Sep 10, 2019

You Can Support Safe Spaces for Rohingya Women!

Woman receiving dignity kit.
Woman receiving dignity kit.

Over 1.3 million people have fled persecution in Myanmar for nearby Bangladesh. About one-quarter of those migrants are women and girls of reproductive age.  

Over the last year, UNFPA, the United Nations reproductive health and rights agency, has supported 20 women-friendly safe spaces, which provide care to women and girls in the refugee camps in Bangladesh, including 30,000 women who are pregnant or nursing.  

Monsoon season lasts from June to October there. During this time, flooding and storms can devastate shelters for refugees. Some of the shelters, including some safe spaces, are made only of bamboo and plastic sheets.  

$1,200 supports one midwife through monsoon season. Your donation saves lives!

UNFPA has strengthened safe spaces in anticipation of monsoon season and has stepped up the distribution of dignity kits. Dignity kits contain items like soap, underwear, a whistle, and menstrual supplies. The kits ensure that if a woman cannot make it to a safe space or if she is otherwise displaced by the storms, she still has the items she needs to be healthy and safe.  

It only costs $25 to give one woman hygiene supplies -and her dignity- for 6 months. 

Many new moms and soon-to-be mothers have received food vouchers to ensure that they get the nutrients they need for healthy pregnancies and breastfeeding. The vouchers supplement the midwife care that UNFPA also provides at the safe spaces. UNFPA mobile clinics and midwives have led to a 40 percent increase in the number of prenatal care visits and deliveries taking place in health facilities in the camps. Both of these measures help prevent maternal death and ensure that all mothers, regardless of their situation, can have a safe birth

YOU can be the difference between life and death for a Rohinga mother and child today!

Women talking in a UNFPA safe space.
Women talking in a UNFPA safe space.

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Jul 2, 2019

A safe delivery for a Syrian refugee after surviving a gunshot wound to the abdomen

A UNFPA staff member speaking with a mother.
A UNFPA staff member speaking with a mother.

Aisha was 8-months pregnant when she was shot in her abdomen while fleeing violence in Syria.

For three days, Aisha walked through the desert wounded, without feeling any fetal movement. She had already lost two children to violence in Syria and couldn't bear to lose her unborn child. When she arrived at a refugee camp in Jordan, a UNFPA doctor quickly gave her an ultrasound.

They discovered that Aisha's baby was miraculously unhurt!

She was transferred to a UNFPA maternity clinic where she recovered from her gunshot wound and awaited her delivery, knowing care was there when she needed it. 

Even in crises, women do not stop becoming pregnant, giving birth, or needing care. UNFPA is there for them. 

UNFPA provides life-saving supplies to ensure clean deliveries and offers skilled midwifery care, so that mothers like Aisha and their newborns can have the safe birth that is their right. 

You can help support UNFPA trained midwives continue their lifesaving work by donating today!

UNFPA’s work in Jordan has made it possible for over 10,000 babies to be born in the Za’atari Camp for Syrian refugees with ZERO maternal deaths. 

UNFPA's clean birthing kits can make the difference between life and death for a pregnant woman and her baby. 

For as little as $15 you can help deliver 3 emergency clean birthing kits into the hands of pregnant mothers and health care workers in crisis situations. The kits include a bar of soap, clear plastic sheet, razor blade, cloth and latex gloves. 

Thank you for standing with refugees -and moms- like Aisha. 

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