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Pakistan Crisis Puts Pregnant Women At Increased Risk
Date:5/22/2009

more than 25,000 displaced people since last August. Eight additional mobile service units are being dispatched to other affected districts.

At the Pabbi civil hospital in District Nowshera, UNFPA is supporting emergency obstetric care for women referred from the Jalozai camp and others in the area.

A UNFPA team this week assessed reproductive health needs and identified service gaps in five districts hosting Pakistanis who fled the conflict in recent days. In addition to offering services in the camps, the Fund will strengthen four district hospitals and seven referral health facilities to deal with increased demand for medical services.

UNFPA has also distributed 15,000 personal hygiene kits to displaced women and 150,000 more kits are currently being prepared for distribution.

UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, is an international development agency that promotes the rights of every women, man and child to enjoy a life of health and equal opportunity. UNFPA supports countries in using population data for policies and programmes to reduce poverty and to ensure that every pregnancy is wanted, every birth is safe, every young person is free of HIV/AIDS, and every girl and women is treated with dignity and respect.

For more information, please contact:

BANGKOK: William A. Ryan, ryanw@unfpa.org, mobile +66 89 897 6984

ISLAMABAD: Muhammad Ajmal, majmal@un.org.pk, mobile +92 300 500 1724

NEW YORK: Jessica Malter, '/>"/>

SOURCE UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund
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