Blood donation campaign launched in Darfur to save mothers

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An internally displaced mother and her child board the bus to return to Sehjanna in North Darfur, after spending seven years in a refugee camp.

A blood donation campaign has been launched by United Nations agencies in the Darfur region of Sudan to save the lives of mothers.

According to the United Nations, 25 per cent of women who die while giving birth is caused by excessive bleeding due to lack of adequate blood for transfusion.

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), which is leading the campaign, says relief agencies will work with local, regional and national authorities to make maternal deaths rare in Sudan.

Speaking at an event to mark International Day for Safe Motherhood on Monday, UNFPA representative in Darfur Pamela Delagu stressed the important role of everyone to prevent maternal deaths.

"We want to remind everyone here, every mother and father, every grandmother and grandfather, every student, every farmer, every herder, every driver, every businessperson can help in this campaign by educating their neighbours and their children, by making sure people have proper nutrition, by making sure there is transport when there is an emergency, by helping out in their community."

Duration: 26"

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