News

Earthquake in Haiti: UNFPA Concerned Over Critical Situation for Women

13 January 2010
Author: UNFPA

PANAMA CITY, Panama — UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, extends solidarity and compassion to the people of Haiti who are suffering from the recent devastating earthquake.

The earthquake that hit the country on Tuesday has caused tremendous hardship, injury and loss of life among the general population. It is also putting thousands of pregnant women at risk from complications and death related to pregnancy and childbirth. Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, already has by far the highest rate of maternal mortality in the region – 670 deaths per 100,000 live births. This figure is likely to skyrocket as a direct result of the powerful earthquake, which measured 7.0 on Richter’s scale.

Pregnant women in and around the country’s capital, Port-au-Prince, are now without access to even the most basic health services. Emergency obstetric care is among the most urgent needs.

UNFPA is now working intensely with United Nations partner agencies to protect reproductive health care and conduct rapid health assessments to allow for appropriate, effective and efficient relief operations. The Fund is providing emergency reproductive health kits containing life-saving supplies for the population affected by the earthquake.

The effect of natural disasters on women and girls is often exacerbated as a direct result of gender discrimination, poverty and their roles as caretakers of children and the ageing.

In Port-au-Prince

Trygve Olfarnes, Tel: +507  6400 6653 (mobile and sms), Satellite: + 881 631 692 731, olfarnes@unfpa.org.

In New York:
Jessica Malter, Tel: + 1 212 297-5190, malter@unpfa.org
Omar Gharzeddine, Tel: + 1212 297-5028
Abubakar Dungus, Tel: + 1 212 297-5031, dungus@unfpa.org
 

Panama
Population : 4.2 mil
Fertility rate
2.4
Maternal Mortality Ratio
94
Contraceptives prevalence rate
60
Population aged 10-24
25%
Youth secondary school enrollment
Boys 67%
Girls 72%

Related content

News
The women of the Del Carmen community in Mexico’s Hidalgo state recently received equipment to establish a candy-making industrial kitchen, thanks to the efforts of UNFPA Goodwill Ambassador and former Miss Universe Lupita Jones.
Press

Thank you for inviting me to present myself as the new Executive Director of UNFPA through the Stopes Memorial Lecture. It is a great opportunity to be among such a distinguished audience and I look forward to a meaningful exchange of views and discussion.

We are...

Press

Around the world, wars between and within nations continue to wreak havoc on the lives of millions of civilians caught up in the conflicts. Recent years have seen an alarming increase in ethnic strife in which civilians are actually singled out for attack. Women, who, along...

Pages