Apr 29, 2021

Hiwot runs for her life and the life of her baby

Hiwot was 7-months pregnant when she fled violence
Hiwot was 7-months pregnant when she fled violence

Hiwot was 7-months pregnant when conflict in the Tigray region of Ethiopia forced her and her husband to flee to the nearby state of Amhara. The situation in Ethiopia has worsened drastically in the months since November 2020. Thousands of people have been killed and 2 million people like Hiwot have fled their homes for safety elsewhere.  

Just $15 will provide three pregnant women like Hiwot with an emergency birth kit, which has all of the essentials for a safe childbirth, even without a health care professional. 

Hiwot's main priority was her safety and the safety of her baby. Now, Hiwot and her husband are living with neighbors from Tigray in a camp for displaced people. UNFPA midwives are in the camp providing prenatal care, safe delivery care, and family planning. Hiwot has received a UNFPA emergency birth kit to ensure that she and her baby survive childbirth.  

You can supply a rural health clinic with the medications and equipment it needs to provide pregnant women, including migrating women, with prenatal and safe delivery care, even if they experience complications for $150. 

The trauma has impacted Hiwot greatly. “I have nightmares,” she said, “about how will I keep the baby alive with no income and living in such difficult conditions.” 

But thanks to supporters like you, Hiwot won't have to worry about giving birth. Your contribution of $50 provides 10 women with emergency birth kits, containing soap, a razor, a tarp, and other crucial supplies for childbirth. 

 

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Mar 31, 2021

Family Planning Disruptions During COVID-19 Pandemic

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, access to family planning has been widely disrupted by travel restrictions, interrupted supply chains, stock-outs and overwhelmed health facilities. An estimated 12 million women have experienced disruptions in their family planning services, leading to 1.4 million unintended pregnancies. These unintended pregnancies have put a great strain on families which were already struggling under pandemic-related financial burdens. The consequences of rising unintended pregnancy are not simply economic – they are also put the lives of women and their babies at risk.

Your support is essential in ensuring women have access to family planning support services, no matter what.

Nepali mother of five, Maya, is one of the 12 million women whose reproductive healthcare has been interrupted by the pandemic. She had been relying on injectable contraceptives from her nearby health center, but when she visited for a shot in June, there were none in stock. Maya was left without access to contraceptives for several months. “I was constantly worried about having an unwanted pregnancy,” she told UNFPA. Not long after missing her shot, she became pregnant. Maya’s newest child is well loved and healthy, but she acknowledges that their circumstances are now more precarious than before. "With a meagre income, raising our fifth child is going to be a tough battle for me and my husband," she explained.

One year into the pandemic, the strain it has put on already limited health care facilities continues to pose a significant threat to women’s reproductive health. With your help, we can ensure that women everywhere have reliable access to birth control and family planning services. Just $48 can provide 40 women with injectable contraceptives, so women like Maya have the ability to choose whether and when to have children. Please donate today!

Feb 22, 2021

Help women like Rasheda give birth safely

Rasheda with her 6th child.
Rasheda with her 6th child.

Rasheda is only 25 but she is already a mother to six children. She lost her fifth child during childbrith. When she talked to UNFPA about it, she said, "It was a traumatic experience and I do not want it to ever happen again. My mind is still haunted by it.”

Just $15 provides three women like Rasheda with an emergency birth kit, which provides them with the tools they need to safely give birth, even if a doctor is not available.

UNFPA has been operating sexual and reproductive health clinics in Rohingya refugee camps since the crisis began. But with the fear and uncertainty of COVID-19, many women stopped going to the clinics. 

Midwives were worried that more women were giving birth at home. If complications arise, the likelihood that the mother or her baby may suffer an injury or death is far higher. 

For $25 you can provide a woman with the supplies she needs to care for herself and her baby for six months after birth.

UNFPA began a community transport system where women in labor could call to receive transportation to a UNFPA health facility. Rasheda used the system to give birth to her sixth child. Now, she uses it to attend family planning appointments. 

However, even though family planning is available, many women have been unable to receive care because their husbands oppose birth control. Rasheda was able to convince her husband that her body needed a break between pregnancies. She said, "To me this decision is not a matter of cultural beliefs, but of my health and choice."

With UNFPA's help Rasheda was able to take her life and her health into her own hands. Your $100 gift to UNFPA supports one midwife in a community like Rasheda's for an entire month. 

 
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