UNFPA launches humanitarian aid appeal to urgently reach 48 million women and youth

Reproductive Health and Protection Services

UNFPA launches humanitarian aid appeal to urgently reach 48 million women and youth
UNITED NATIONS, New York – 6 February 2020
UNFPA, the United Nations sexual and reproductive health agency, today appealed to the international community for $683 million to urgently provide life-saving reproductive health and protection services to 48 million women, girls and young people, including 4 million pregnant women, in 57 countries affected by conflict or natural disasters in 2020.

The appeal, also known as UNFPA’s Humanitarian Action Overview, describes how women and girls face unique challenges during humanitarian disasters, from being more likely to die from complications of pregnancy and childbirth to an increased risk of gender-based violence. Globally, more than half of all maternal deaths take place in countries affected by humanitarian crisis and fragility. The humanitarian assistance received following this appeal will provide life-saving sexual and reproductive health services, combat gender-based violence and extend mental health and psychosocial support in emergencies.

“Women and girls pay a high price in conflicts that they had no role in creating. It is time to prioritize their rights, safety and dignity in humanitarian action. During crises and conflict, violence against women and girls is staggering. And women do not stop getting pregnant and having babies when crisis strikes — we must provide them with the services and the support they need,” said Dr. Natalia Kanem, UNFPA Executive Director.

In 2020, the world will face enormous humanitarian challenges: one out of every 45 people will be affected by a crisis. Right now more than 168 million people need humanitarian assistance worldwide.
UNFPA is currently assisting millions of women and girls affected by emergencies: from Bangladesh, Venezuela and Yemen to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, South Sudan and 52 other countries affected by natural disaster, war or conflict…