Join Ashley Judd and UNFPA in helping Rohingya refugee mothers give birth safely

By Arthur Erken

June 1, 2018

Nearly 700,000 Rohingya refugees currently live in Kutupalong, Bangladesh, the site of one of the largest and most densely populated refugee camps in the world.  Many are women and girls who have suffered unspeakable trauma and violence on their journey to safety.

Among them are over 64,000 pregnant women, who urgently need maternal health care that could save theirs and their babies’ lives. With the monsoon season underway, their need is more urgent than ever.

In February 2018, UNFPA Goodwill Ambassador Ashley Judd visited Bangladesh to meet Rohingya women and girls and witness the work that UNFPA is doing to protect their reproductive health and rights. She spoke to doctors, nurses and psychosocial counsellors, as well as to the Rohingya women and girls who had experienced trauma at home and been forced to flee to the world’s largest refugee camp. (Read more about her experience here)

UNFPA is the lead agency on the ground providing life-saving services to ensure every childbirth is safe. But shortages of supplies and trained midwives continue to put the lives of mothers and their children at risk.

Ashley promised the Rohingya women and girls that she would do everything she could to help them when she got back home. She has already shared her experiences in the media, and now she wants to raise money with UNFPA to support expectant Rohingya mothers as they wait to give birth. And we need your help!

You can help deliver vital maternal health services now and ensure no mother dies while giving life. Your donation of just $25 provides the supplies needed for five women to deliver their babies safely.

Every tax-deductible donation will be matched dollar for dollar to help us reach more women and their children before it’s too late.

Ajida escaped a massacre that devastated her home village and survived a treacherous sea journey that claimed the lives of four of her children. Now, in the Kutupalong camp, in the ninth month of her pregnancy, her life once again hangs in the balance.

How you can help

Your donation will help Rohingya refugee mothers deliver their babies safely, by funding clean delivery kits and trained midwives to assist mothers.

A clean delivery kit contains soap and disposable gloves, a plastic sheet that provides a clean surface to protect both mother and newborn, and a fresh razor blade, antiseptic and tape to prevent infection when the umbilical cord is cut.

For a pregnant woman and her baby, these simple tools can make the difference between life and death.

Each midwife provides care before, during and after delivery that can save the lives of many mothers and newborns. UNFPA has already deployed 60 midwives to the Rohingya refugee camps, but 100 more midwives are needed to cover the entire population.

  • $25 provides clean delivery kits for 5 mothers.
  • $150 provides clean delivery kits for 30 mothers.
  • $400 funds a midwife in the community for 1 month.
  • $1200 funds a midwife for 3 months – throughout the monsoon season.

UNFPA is the lead UN agency for delivering a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person’s potential is fulfilled. UNFPA reaches millions of women and young people in 155 countries and territories.

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