Women and girls are among the most vulnerable. UNFPA has rushed the delivery of reproductive health kits, which contain the supplies required to support safe childbirth.
“In times of upheaval or natural disasters, pregnancy-related deaths and gender-based violence soar,” said Priya Marwh, UNFPA ’s humanitarian response coordinator in Asia and the Pacific.
UNICEF is mobilizing staff and emergency supplies to meet the urgent humanitarian needs of children affected by the earthquake, focusing on water and sanitation, nutrition, education and child protection.
The country of 28 million has only 2.1 physicians and 50 hospital beds for every 10,000 people, according to a 2011 World Health Organization report.
For women in particular, part of being safe during disasters — natural or otherwise — means ensuring safe birth, safety from unintended pregnancy, and safety from violence.
Sierra Leone launched a door-to-door search Wednesday for “hidden” Ebola patients as the head of the United Nations announced the world was at “a critical turning point” in the crisis.
Urgently addressing and supporting women’s, newborns’, children’s and adolescents’ health in fragile and conflict settings is key to the success of the Post-2015 Agenda, says group of experts meeting in Abu Dhabi.
The two-day event is looking at ways to give women access to quality maternal health care. It will present policy recommendations for the next global strategy in the UN’s Every Woman, Every Child initiative.
The largest portion, $903 million, would be targeted to help children with immunizations, safe water, sanitation and education in and around Syria.
UN’s lead Ebola co-ordinator en route to Davos says last third of the $1.5bn pledged to tackle disease needs to be paid in order to end the outbreak.