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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.


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. 


Apr 9, 2019

Healing After Cyclone Idai

Tina and her family with a UNFPA dignity kit
Tina and her family with a UNFPA dignity kit

In Mozambique, Tina was nine-months pregnant when her home began to flood from Cyclone Idai. She and her four children ran through the storm to safety in a nearby school. Soon after, Tina felt contractions begin and knew that she was going into labor. 

The winds and flooding from the cyclone made it impossible for an ambulance to reach her at the school. Instead, a motorcycle taxi rushed her through the floodwaters to the Matundo Health Center, where she safely delivered her baby girl, Joana. 

At Matundo, Tina received a dignity kit from UNFPA to help her care for herself and for her baby. Dignity kits contain items like clean underwear, soap, laundry detergent, a safety whistle, and a flashlight.  

For only $15, you can empower one woman with a dignity kit, helping her feel clean and in control, even in times of crisis. 

Cyclone Idai struck Malawi, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe in March 2019. The storm lasted just over two weeks, but the devastation will take much longer to recover from—torrential rains have caused intense flooding, infrastructure has been damaged beyond recognition. Fields, the main source of income for these agricultural communities, have been destroyed, and over 2 million people have been displaced or otherwise impacted.  

Women have been hit especially hard by Cyclone Idai and face unique obstacles in the aftermath of the storm. Nearly 500,000 women have been affected, including 75,000 pregnant women who have been left without access to reproductive healthcare.  

One in ten of those women could face life-threatening complications for themselves and their babies.  

UNFPA is supporting nineteen mobile clinics in hard-to-reach areas of Mozambique. These clinics have enough health kits to reach more than 300,000 people.  

$50 makes it possible for UNFPA to give ten women clean delivery kits. These kits have a plastic sheet, gloves, a razor, and a blanket to prevent infection during childbirth.  

Tina says, “It would be good if these were made available not only in times of crisis but in good times as well. Being clean and taking care of oneself is important for women and even more so for a newborn baby.” 

You can empower women. You can make the world safer for mothers and babies. You can help UNFPA change a life.

Aerial view of the damage to Beira Sofala province
Aerial view of the damage to Beira Sofala province


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