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Appeal Launched for Emergency Assistance to Thousands of Pregnant Women at High Risk in Haiti
Date:1/15/2010

To meet the urgent maternal health and other needs of women, UNFPA is seeking about $4.6 million as part of the coordinated United Nations Flash Appeal.

United Nations, NY (Vocus) January 15, 2010 -- Estimates that there could be as many as 37,000 pregnant women among the 3 million people affected by Haiti’s earthquake have led to an urgent appeal to meet their emergency maternal health needs.

The earthquake has devastated Haiti’s health system and many of the hospitals and clinics in Port–Au-Prince have been damaged. The remaining can barely handle the thousands in need of medical care. The current situation is putting the lives of thousands of women and their infants at risk from complications related to pregnancy and child birth.

To meet the urgent maternal health and other needs of women, UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, is seeking about $4.6 million as part of the coordinated United Nations Flash Appeal that will be launched today. The funding would supplement the supplies UNFPA is already providing in Haiti and address the specific needs of women, girls and other vulnerable populations for the next six months. The additional funds would enable UNFPA to help:

 
  • Refurbish maternity wards to handle emergency obstetric care and other life-saving health services;

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