UNFPA / GAZA MATERNAL NEONATAL UNITS

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The humanitarian crisis in Gaza is deepening. Fuel, food, water and electricity are running out, and the health system is in a state of total collapse. An estimated 50,000 pregnant women are caught up in the conflict, with around 5,500 due to give birth within the next 30 days - around 160 deliveries a day. UNFPA

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STORY: UNFPA / GAZA MATERNAL NEONATAL UNITS
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DATELINE: 24 OCTOBER 2023, UNFPA HEADQUARTERS, NEW YORK CITY / 26 OCTOBER 2023, AL-SHIFA HOSPITAL, GAZA

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26 OCTOBER 2023, AL-SHIFA HOSPITAL, GAZA

1. Close up, baby in an incubator
2. Med shot, two babies in an incubator
3. Close up, baby on ventilator
4. Wide shot, babies in incubators
5. Close up, baby on ventilator
6. Med shot, baby in an incubator
7. Close up, two doctors operating on a premature baby
8. Med shot, two doctors operating on a premature baby
9. Med shot, two doctors operating on a premature baby
10. Wide shot , healthcare worker walks into the neonatal intensive care unit room.
11. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Dr. Nasser Bulbul, Head of the NICU, Al-Shifa hospital:
“We have noticed an increase in premature birth cases.”
12. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Dr. Nasser Bulbul, Head of the NICU, Al-Shifa hospital:
“We had to perform a premature delivery of the foetus from the mother's womb while she's dying. Many of these infants are orphaned, and we don't know the fate of their relatives or have information about their identities.”
13. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Dr. Nasser Bulbul, Head of the NICU, Al-Shifa hospital:
“We do not know what to do as we are facing a severe shortage of medical supplies, ventilators, and essential life-saving medicines. They are no longer available, especially the ones administered to premature babies within their first two hours of life.”
14. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Dr. Nasser Bulbul, Head of the NICU, Al-Shifa hospital:
“We appeal to everyone to lend a helping hand so that we can continue providing medical services to these premature newborns.”
15. Wide shot, displaced people staying in hospital hallways
16. Med, people in the hospital hallway
17. Close up, children sitting on the floor
18. Wide shot, people in the hospital hallway
19. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Yasmine Ahmed, Midwife, Al-Shifa hospital:
“The majority of the displaced people have sought refuge here, leading to overcrowding. The workers cannot maintain hygiene and sanitation in various hospital departments.”
20. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Yasmine Ahmed, Midwife, Al-Shifa hospital:
“Currently, the working conditions in our hospital are catastrophic. We lack basic necessities for life and are struggling with a severe water shortage.”
21. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Yasmine Ahmed, Midwife, Al-Shifa hospital:
“We are facing a shortage of equipment, tools, and staff.”
22. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Yasmine Ahmed, Midwife, Al-Shifa hospital:
“When a woman comes to us to give birth, she either stays with us during the postpartum period or goes to shelter centres. If she does not have a shelter centre or a home to go to, she stays in the hospital with us. This means that there is a shortage of supplies, beds, and space in the hospital. There is barely any room, not even half a metre to stand.”
23. Closeup, clothes hanging outside of the hospital
24. Wide, exterior of the hospital
25. Wide, exterior of the hospital
26. Med, people walking under hanging clothes outside of the hospital
27. Med, people sitting on the ground
28. Med, people walking outside of the hospital

24 OCTOBER 2023, UNFPA HEADQUARTERS, NEW YORK CITY

29. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr. Natalia Kanem, United Nations Population Fund Executive Director:
“The people of Gaza require sustained access to food, water, fuel, and health care, including sexual and reproductive health services.”
30. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr. Natalia Kanem, United Nations Population Fund Executive Director:
“Convoys of humanitarian supplies are crossing into the territory, however, the scale and speed needs to increase.”
31. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr. Natalia Kanem, United Nations Population Fund Executive Director:
“Hospitals need to keep running and remain safe havens. Hospitals and health facilities are a lifeline for people who are most vulnerable, including pregnant women. UNFPA joins calls for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire.”
32. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr. Natalia Kanem, United Nations Population Fund Executive Director:
“So that aid can reach civilians in desperate need. We are working tirelessly to respond to the needs of women and girls, but what they need most is peace.”

26 OCTOBER 2023, AL-SHIFA HOSPITAL, GAZA

33. Close up, a woman holding a baby
34. Med shot, a girl smiling to the camera, with women and children sitting on the floor around her


STORYLINE:

The humanitarian crisis in Gaza is deepening. Fuel, food, water and electricity are running out, and the health system is in a state of total collapse. Gaza’s population of 2.2 million people are in urgent need of humanitarian aid. One in four people are women and girls of reproductive age – around 572,000 – who need access to reproductive health services. An estimated 50,000 pregnant women are caught up in the conflict, with around 5,500 due to give birth within the next 30 days - around 160 deliveries a day.

More than 840 women may experience pregnancy or birth-related complications. These women are cut off from safe delivery services, including emergency obstetric care. The hospitals that are still functioning are operating with less than one-third of their normal staffing levels and are running out of fuel for generators, medicines and basic supplies – including for the management of obstetric emergencies.

If fuel supplies run out neonatal intensive care units will be impacted and planned or emergency c-sections impossible. This could be life-threatening for the more than 100 babies, some of whom are in incubators, who need mechanical ventilation and an interrupted power supply and the 25 women who need access to emergency obstetric care every day.

The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) remains focused on getting life-saving reproductive health supplies into Gaza, but is facing a huge backlog of supplies outside Gaza. UNFPA has 3,000 dignity kits in Egypt, ready to go into Gaza, as well as life-saving reproductive health supplies, prepositioned and ready to be sent through Egypt. These health kits save the lives of pregnant women - their shipment needs to be prioritised urgently. They are as vital as food, water and shelter.

UNFPA condemns the violence in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories. As the sexual and reproductive health agency, UNFPA is deeply concerned for the safety and protection of women and girls in Gaza, who are struggling to survive as the humanitarian catastrophe deepens. Their specific needs and vulnerabilities must be prioritised in all humanitarian, protection and conflict resolution efforts.
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