Assistance for Pregnant Women Affected by Humanitarian Conflicts

War leads to massive negative impact on the civilians living in war-torn countries. In Yemen, the war severely affects the health of pregnant women. With lack of adequate medical facilities and nutritious foods, the health of these pregnant women are threatened.

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Aksi Cepat Tanggap Partners in Yemen checking the data of the beneficiaries before distributing the food aid for pregnant women last August. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, HAMDAN, ABLAS - The war that rages on in Yemen has left many Yemenis dependent on international aid, even for the meals for pregnant women. As reported by Said Mukaffiy of Aksi Cepat Tanggap’s Global Humanity Response, pregnant women in Yemen are prone to malnutrition due to the collapsing economy.

In late August, Aksi Cepat Tanggap delivered dozens of food packages for pregnant women in Ablas and Hamdan Districts, Sanaa Governorate. "The food packages consist of fruits, rice, flour, staples of soup, cheese and nuts," Said described, Monday (9/14). The staples are expected to meet the nutritional needs of the pregnant women and babies.

In 2016 nearly 220,000 pregnant and breastfeeding women were admitted to health facilities in Yemen with acute malnutrition. As the response expanded, the figure surged to nearly 410,000 during 2018 - an increase of 87% as reported by Reliefweb.

Malnourished pregnant women run an increased risk of miscarriages and the anguish they cause, along with anemia and even death during childbirth. Their babies may be born prematurely and, if they survive, suffer from low birth weight and stunted growth. Stunting can have a lasting effect on the child’s development, both physically and mentally. Babies born to malnourished mothers can be more susceptible to infections.

"Therefore, we invite everyone to help the pregnant women in Yemen with our best assistance. You can support our steps by donating through Indonesia Dermawan website or BNI Syariah account number 66 0000 9009 in the name of Aksi Cepat Tanggap," said Said. []