20,000 women and girls affected by Afghanistan earthquake need urgent access to life-saving health care
04 July 2022
04 July 2022
New York, 4 July 2022 – Close to 20,000 women of childbearing age, including an estimated 2,000 who are currently pregnant, are among those affected by the deadly earthquake that shook the provinces of Paktika and Khost in Afghanistan last week.
An estimated 640 pregnant women are expected to give birth in the next three months. These women need sustained access to life-saving reproductive health services including antenatal care, skilled, facility-based delivery services, and referrals for emergency obstetric and newborn care, as necessary.
UNFPA, the United Nations sexual and reproductive health agency, has rapidly mobilized to provide emergency support, and is working closely with partners to support the coordination of humanitarian assistance, with a particular focus on the needs of women and girls.
“UNFPA stands in solidarity with the people of Afghanistan, who are suffering in the wake of a devastating earthquake,” said Dr. Natalia Kanem, Executive Director, UNFPA. “We continue to do everything we can on the ground to safeguard the health and dignity of women and girls, and ensure access to the lifesaving sexual and reproductive health and protection services they rely upon.”
The latest emergency response follows UNFPA’s continuing support to the overall humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan. Earlier this year, UNFPA appealed for $251.9 million funding to respond to the reproductive health and psychosocial needs of 9.2 million people. To date only 11 percent of the appeal has been funded. The recent earthquake will put further strain on already stretched resources.
UNFPA and partners’ support on the ground:
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