Pledges made during Global Citizen’s Global Goal: Unite for Our Future broadcast event in June 2020 are helping the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) to deliver live-saving support and services to women in some of the world's hardest to reach places.
The organization supports crucial sexual and reproductive health services in underserved communities in more than 150 countries around the world — which are, combined, home to more than 80% of the world’s population.
Funding mobilized during Global Goal: Unite for Our Future has so far helped the UNFPA to deliver critical maternal and newborn health care to communities in Benin, Guinea, Togo, Thailand, the Philippines, and Mexico during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The UNFPA received over $44 million in funding as a result of pledges mobilized during the event, including commitments from Canada, Denmark, and Germany, as well as corporations including Takeda, Johnson & Johnson, and Reckitt Benckiser.
An estimated 12 million women have experienced disruptions in their family planning services due to the pandemic, leading to 1.4 million unintended pregnancies, according to a report released by the UNFPA.
“We're struggling to protect ourselves and our patients,” says Eyamou, a midwife in Guinea.— UNFPA (@UNFPA) July 2, 2020
Thanks to @TakedaPharma, #FrontLineHealthWorkers in Benin, Guinea & Togo will get personal protective equipment: https://t.co/qEEv9ScL5N#TakedaGlobalCSR#COVID19pic.twitter.com/lWaqwZ4UWQ
As the pandemic strains public health systems and exacerbates gender-based violence, the organization is addressing the impact on women and girls by making sure access to reproductive health services, family planning, and support to survivors of violence and exploitation continue.
Midwives and Life-Saving Care to Remote Communities in Benin, Guinea, and Togo
The $4.6 million pledge from Takeda made during Global Goal: Unite for Our Futurehas enabled the UNFPA to implement a program focused on ensuring access to quality maternal and newborn health care services during the COVID-19 pandemic in Benin, Guinea, and Togo, with the objective to reach at least 350,000 women and newborns — including 12,700 women facing life-threatening complications.
The organization has also provided direct support to the Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care (EmONC) health facilities, in addition to providing 54,475 masks and disinfection products to communities in the region.
The pledge has also enabled the UNFPA to recruit 56 midwives to assist women in the region's most remote areas; and to train 46 health providers in maternal deaths support, and 25 logisticians on last-mile supply chain.
Reducing Maternal Mortality and Protecting Mothers During the Pandemic
As we celebrated International Women’s Day earlier this week, read about Guinea's midwives braving civil unrest and #COVID19 to provide critical access to maternal and newborn care as part of the @UNFPA-@TakedaPharma project. https://t.co/6tEKKZqU1Xpic.twitter.com/GJQaKdqmLb— Takeda (@TakedaPharma) March 10, 2021