As of last year, the island of Socotra, Yemen, was devoid of any reproductive care facilities. When Noor, now 20, experienced complications in her pregnancy, she had to travel hundreds of miles to give birth at a health facility. By the time she arrived, it was too late. She lost the baby. This year, Noor became pregnant again, but thanks to the reopening of the UNFPA supported Nawjad Health Center in Socotra, she was able to deliver at a clinic under the care of a midwife, free of charge. She had a healthy baby boy.
It is donations like yours that allow UNFPA to support health facilities like the Nawjad Health Center to continue providing lifesaving maternal services. “This health center was abandoned for a long time” said the center’s director. “But these days, it has become a lifeline for many women in Socotra.”
UNFPA estimates that approximately 6 million women and girls of childbearing age in Yemen need access to reproductive health care. Meanwhile, the COVID-19 pandemic is overwhelming the country’s health system, escalating the vulnerabilities of women and girls. Some 70% of UNFPA’s reproductive health programs in the country remain closed due to a lack of funding. Only 61 out of 180 UNFPA-supported reproductive health facilities are functioning. We need your help to provide care to women who may be unable to access a clinic; Just $25 can provide five expecting mothers with clean delivery kits furnished with everything they need to give birth safely. Your generous contribution can save lives. Please donate today!
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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