Every day, 800 women die during pregnancy or childbirth, mostly from causes that could have been prevented or treated with proper medical care.
Pregnancy should be a time of joy and happiness but for many women, particularly those who have been forced from their homes by conflict or crisis, it is also a time of great danger. Hundreds of women are dying every day and, even more heartbreakingly, newborns without mothers are ten times more likely to die in their first year of life.
In spite of all we know, not all women are able to get the help and supplies they need to give birth safely and experience the joy of a new baby.
“We have seen mothers delivering without assistance, health services are not there and a lot has happened.”
Giving birth in the world’s most dangerous country for mothers
Kuei is from South Sudan, a country which has been riven by conflict for many years. She and her husband Ruben were expecting their first child when the fighting intensified and, as the shots came closer and closer, they had to flee for their lives to a displacement camp.
With UNICEF’s support, Kuei received regular antenatal check-ups but her baby came earlier than anyone expected. Kuei’s mother-in-law sprang into action with a UNICEF first aid kit and she was able to safely deliver a beautiful, healthy baby boy.
Kuei is one of the lucky ones – one in seven South Sudanese women die in pregnancy or childbirth.