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In flood-affected areas, more than 0.5 million pregnant women in Pakistan urgently require care.

Over half a million pregnant women in the flood-affected areas are in urgent need of maternal health services, and many others are at an elevated risk of gender-based violence, according to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), an organisation that promotes sexual and reproductive health (GBV).Following the recent severe monsoon rains’ devastating floods, at least 6.4 million people—1.6 million of them are women and girls—need humanitarian aid.

“Skilled birth attendants, newborn care, and support will be required for the up to 73,000 women who are expected to give birth next month.

In addition, because over 1 million homes have been damaged, many women and girls are at an elevated risk of gender-based violence (GBV), according to a UNFP report. Pregnancy and childbirth, according to the agency, cannot wait for calamities or natural disasters to pass because this is a time when both the woman and the unborn child are most vulnerable and in need of care.

Dr. Bakhtior Kadirov, the UNFP’s representative in Pakistan, said the organisation is on the ground and working with partners to ensure that expectant mothers and new mothers continue to receive life-saving care despite the most difficult circumstances.

According to the research, 198 health facilities are damaged in the afflicted districts of Balochistan, putting girls’ and women’s access to them at risk. In Sindh, over 1,000 health facilities have been partially or completely destroyed.

Despite the difficulties, according to Dr. Kadirov, the UNFPA will continue to provide the tools and personnel necessary for health facilities to operate at full capacity.

According to the report, “UNFPA is stepping up its emergency response to offer dignity kits and life-saving reproductive health services and commodities for women and girls.”

For urgent delivery to Sindh, Balochistan, KP, and Punjab, UNFPA Pakistan has already begun distributing 8,311 dignity kits, 7,411 newborn baby kits, and 6,412 clean delivery kits.Additionally, it is giving priority to services for gender-based violence survivors, such as medical and psychosocial support.