Help pregnant women struck by Cyclone Idai

Mothers and newborns in Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe need life-saving supplies and care

Help pregnant women struck by Cyclone Idai

Nearly 75,000 pregnant women are caught up in the aftermath of Cyclone Idai.

1 in 10 are at risk of serious complications that will require skilled delivery care if mother and baby are to survive.

Since the storm struck Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe on 14 March, their lives hang in the balance. The storm’s high winds and torrential rains caused severe flooding, destroyed infrastructure, forced families from their homes, killed hundreds of people, and cut off access to health care. 

UNFPA is on the ground providing life-saving supplies to ensure clean deliveries and offering skilled midwifery care, so that mothers and newborns can have the safe birth that is their right. 

We are also delivering supplies and services to make sure that all affected women and girls can maintain their health, safety and dignity, even in the wake of disaster.

You can help. Your generous gift will enable UNFPA to provide clean delivery kits that help prevent infection during childbirth; dignity kits containing essential health and hygiene supplies for women and girls; and medical kits to save the lives of mothers and newborns when delivery complications mean that surgery, resuscitation or intravenous treatment is needed.

$50 provides 10 clean delivery kits, containing simple items that save lives.

$150 provides 10 women and girls with basic items to maintain their dignity.

$500 provides medical kits to save 10 mothers and babies facing delivery complications.

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