Oct 26, 2020

Another Year Away From Home

Midwife Rotna with Minara and her baby
Midwife Rotna with Minara and her baby

It's been three years since hundreds of thousands of Rohingya migrated from their home in Myanmar to neighboring Bangladesh. Today, there is still no end in sight for the nearly 1 million refugees. 

Almost all Rohingya refugees live in the Cox's Bazar camps, where crowding and limited resources have left them vulnerable to the COVID-19 pandemic. The virus has been particularly frightening for vulnerable populations, including the elderly, pregnant women, and women with disabilities, many of whom require special medical care.

For $150, you can provide supplies, medications and equipment to health clinics that help safely manage obstetric emergencies. 

Due to the pandemic, aid organizations like UNFPA have had to limit their activities in the refugee camps. Vulnerable populations, like pregnant women, have been less able to receive the care they need, like prenatal and safe delivery care. 

Thankfully, despite these obstacles, UNFPA has been able to maintain reproductive health services. Support systems for Rohingya refugees include 23 women-friendly spaces, 22 health facilities, 10 women-led community centres, 144 midwives, 594 community health workers, and 224 volunteers.

It’s $5 for ONE emergency birth kit that includes a bar of soap, plastic sheet, razor blade, an umbilical cord tie, cloth and latex gloves. That means you can help save 10 mothers for just $50! 

Minara, one Rohingya refugee, has asscessed UNFPA's family planning services since she arrived in the camps three years ago. When she decided to have a baby, UNFPA midwife Rotna counseled her through prenatal appointments, safe deliery, and now provides care to Minara and her baby.

Midwives save lives. And it only takes $100 to fund a midwife for a single week. 


Sep 8, 2020

Haiti's mothers receive care, even during a crisis

Midwife in Haiti
Midwife in Haiti

In Haiti, pregnant women are scared of going out to get the care they need. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has left confusion, misinformation, fear, and death in its wake. UNFPA has been working to dispel the rumors and ensure that everyone is safe, including the most vulnerable populations like pregnant women. 

Frantzia, who is 4 months pregnant, said, "My fear of coronavirus has gradually disappeared after talking to a midwife who came to my neighbourhood to show me how to adopt prevention measures before coming to the hospital." 

Now, Frantzia feels empowered to get the prenatal screenings she needs to have a safe pregnancy and delivery. For as little as $10, you can provide two women like Frantzia with delivery kits containing everything needed to give birth safely. 

Healthcare staff in Haiti are also under duress. Many are feeling burnt out from fear of contracting the virus due to a lack of personal protective equipment. 

UNFPA has distributed 2,570 medical kits for maternity wards, 1,300 hygiene kits and 400 solar lamps to facilities in need of supplies. 

Your gift of $150 will allow UNFPA to provide a rural clinic with the supplies, medications, and equipment it needs to safely manage obstetric emergencies. 

Already, more than 800 mothers die every day due to causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. This will worsen during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your gift will save lives.

Aug 4, 2020

Protecting Women & Girls from COVID-19

Healthcare systems are increasingly overwhelmed and the challenges facing women in low and middle-income countries and humanitarian settings have never been as dire as during the coronavirus pandemic. UNFPA is working hard to mitigate the damage.

As the COVID-19 pandemic has progressed, UNFPA research has revealed that for every six months of lockdown, 47 million women could lose access to birth control, resulting in 7 million unintended pregnancies.

But, these statistics can be avoided. Kabita   a Nepalese service provider, is able to continue providing women at a COVID-19 quarantine center eight hours away with family planning because of your support. Kabita is a member of a courageous group of practitioners who provide women in remote regions with lifesaving family planning supplies and information. So far, their work during the pandemic has provided over 1,000 women in Nepal with essential contraception.  $48 provides a further 40 women with injectable contraceptives, allowing them to choose if, and when, to conceive.

With your help, UNFPA can provide essential family planning services, and ensure that that the health and rights of women are maintained, even during this crisis. For as little as $10, you can provide two mothers with delivery kits containing everything needed to give birth safely. It is only with your support that our world’s most vulnerable women can be guaranteed the healthcare they deserve and need throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Please donate today! 

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