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Jun 17, 2014

Delivering Safely Even During Tough Times in South Sudan

Mother and Child in South Sudan
Mother and Child in South Sudan

Amid escalating conflict, some 30,000 women in South Sudan are at risk of dying in childbirth, according to estimates by UNFPA, and 200,000 pregnant women will be in need of urgent care before the end of the year. In times such as these reproductive health services become unavailable causing pregnancy-related deaths to soar.

UNFPA's clean birthing kits can mean life or death for many women in disaster circumstances. For only $11 you can provide 3 emergency clean birthing kits. The kits include a bar of soap, a clear plastic sheet, razor blade, an umbilical cord tie, cloth, and latex gloves to help deliver babies safely in crisis situations.

Mary, 23, was seven months pregnant when she fled her home with her family after violence broke out between government and opposition forces in mid-December 2013. “We had to run to save our lives because there was too much killing,” she said.

Health systems in the country, which were fragile before the outbreak of violence, are rapidly deteriorating as health professionals flee the country. Fortunately, before she delivered Mary was able to reach a civilian protection camp supplied by UNFPA and staffed by UNFPA-trained midwives. Assisted by trained professionals equipped with the necessary supplies, she gave birth safely. Now her healthy son is a symbol of hope amid ongoing violence.

You can help provide hope to women like her who are currently living amidst conflict in South Sudan. With a contribution of $25 you can supply a woman displaced by disaster with 6 months of reproductive health supplies, enabling her to maintain her dignity.

While UNFPA and its partners have helped to safely deliver 3,500 babies in recent months, needs are escalating rapidly. With the rainy season approaching and large areas of the country likely to be inaccessible due to flooding, the humanitarian response could be undermined.

Only with your support can UNFPA provide the necessary reproductive healthcare for women in South Sudan. Please consider making a generous contribution so that even in tough times women can live with health and dignity. 

Reproductive health kit - South Sudan
Reproductive health kit - South Sudan
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.

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