A message from our colleagues at UNFPA:
Nokia joins UNFPA’s Safe Birth. Even Here campaign, through which midwives in refugee camps are reporting on safe deliveries by uploading photos and stories to a website from where the good news can be shared through Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. Social media users can thus join in celebrating a safe birth in the worlds most difficult and overlooked settings.
Now, Nokia will enhance the efforts of social media users by donating a life-saving Clean Delivery Kit for every share of the good news. The $3 Kit provides pregnant women with the most basic essentials for preventing fatal infections in humanitarian situations. It includes a bar of soap, a clear plastic sheet to lie on, a razor blade for cutting the umbilical cord, a sterilized string to tie off the umbilical cord, a cloth to keep the mother and baby warm, and latex gloves.
Nowhere in the world is the risk of dying in childbirth greater than in disaster settings. Here, one in five women are likely to be pregnant. Mothers and babies are cut off from health care and exposed to trauma, malnutrition, disease and violence – putting their lives in great danger. Maternal deaths soar in disasters – yet they can be prevented.
The Safe Birth. Even Here campaign aims to raise awareness about maternal health and the challenges faced by expectant mothers in crisis settings. UNFPA and Nokia hope that the donation will encourage the general public to participate in the campaign and decision makers to advocate for maternal health in emergencies. Please support pregnant women in crises settings by sharing the extraordinary images and stories from refugee settings as well as the news of the matching donation!
To learn more about the campaign and for details on how to participate, click here!