SUDAN / UNFPA SAFE BIRTH

03-Jul-2023 00:02:09
UNFPA and its partners support Port Sudan Teaching Hospital, the only maternity hospital in the state, with medical equipment, supplies, midwives and healthcare professionals to ensure safe birth for pregnant women who have been displaced to Port Sudan from various parts of the country. UNFPA
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STORY: SUDAN / UNFPA SAFE BIRTH
TRT: 2:09
SOURCE: UNFPA
RESTRICTIONS: PLEASE CREDIT UNFPA ON SCREEN
LANGUAGE: NATS


DATELINE: 22 JUNE 2023, PORT SUDAN TEACHING HOSPITAL, RED SEA STATE, SUDAN
SHOTLIST
1. Med shot, a newborn baby
2. Med shot, two newborn babies
3. Med shot, a newborn baby
4. Med shot, a midwife puts oxygen tube on a newborn baby
5. Med shot, a newborn baby in an incubator
6. Med shot, a newborn baby crying on an exam bed
7. Med shot, a newborn baby on an exam bed
8. Close up, a vital monitor
9. Med shot, two medical professionals next to a vital monitor
10. Med shot, a midwife changing for a baby in an incubator
11. Wide shot, a doctor performing ultrasound scan for a pregnant woman.
12. Close up, a doctor performing ultrasound scan for a pregnant woman.
13. Wide shot, doctors performing a cesarean section on Omnia, who fled the war in Khartoum while she was nine months pregnant. She named her baby girl Lana.
14. Med shot, doctors performing a cesarean section on Omnia.
15. Close up, a vital monitor in the operating room.
16. Wide shot, doctor holding newborn baby Lana.
17. Med shot, a doctor performing ultrasound scan for a pregnant woman.
18. Close up, ultrasound scan
19. Wide shot, women sitting on the ground, outside of the hospital
20. Wide shot, women sitting on the ground
21. Wide shot, women standing in the hallway
22. Wide shot, women standing in the hallway
23. Wide shot, women sitting on the ground
24. Med shot, a midwife handling Mosquito net to a pregnant woman
STORYLINE
Fighting between the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) has entered its third month. More than 2.1 million people have fled their homes for safer areas inside Sudan, and an estimated 630,000 have crossed into neighbouring countries.

UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, estimates that 2.64 million women and girls of reproductive age are in need of humanitarian assistance in Sudan, including an estimated 262,800 women who are currently pregnant. More than 90,000 women are expected to give birth in the next three months as violence, fear and chaos envelop their lives. All of them need access to critical reproductive health services.

Since the fighting began in April, more than 60 percent of health facilities have been forced to close in areas affected by fighting and lifesaving supplies, including for obstetric care, post-rape treatment, as well as a wide range of contraceptives, remain inaccessible in warehouses in Khartoum, South and West and other areas. A lack of humanitarian access is also impacting on the distribution of supplies. Health facilities are running dangeriously low on medicines.

Protection services have also broken down just as the crisis has put more women and girls – more than 4 million – at risk of gender-based violence. There are mounting reports of women and girls being raped and sexually abused in their homes and as they seek safety inside and outside Sudan. Many displaced women and girls are forced to sleep out in the open or in makeshift shelters with little to no protection putting them at greater risk of violence.

In regions like Darfur, competition for water, food, and essential resources is intense and women-headed households, unaccompanied children and young adolescent girls are particularly at risk of sexual exploitation and abuse.

In the challenging context, UNFPA is facing operational and humanitarian access challenges as it works with partners to scale up its response to ensure women and girls can access critical reproductive health and protection services.

In the Red Sea State, UNFPA and its partners are supporting Port Sudan Teaching Hospital, the only maternity hospital in the state, which serves a population of 1.6 million with medical equipment, supplies, midwives and healthcare professionals to ensure pregnant women who have been displaced to Port Sudan from various parts of the country can give birth safely.
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