The Ebola Crisis and Its Impact on Women’s and Children’s Health
The crisis also diverted critical resources away from pregnant women, who already faced limited access to adequate health care. As a result, health risks have increased, particularly for those most vulnerable, which include pregnant women and children.
Maternal and infant deaths in the most affected countries are set to rise above their current alarming rates as fear of Ebola keeps pregnant women away from hospitals and makes already-scarce health workers reluctant to deliver babies.
The UN Mission for the Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) is working on the ground to fill urgent gaps by providing transportation, logistics and other essential supplies. Visit the UNMEER website to find out more about the global response and ways to get involved.
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For a selection of stories on Ebola’s impact on women and children’s health see below:
Ebola outbreak takes its toll on women (UN Women)
Ebola has devastating impact on children in Liberia (Voice of America)
Ebola Virus Disease and Its Impact on Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (Wellbeing Foundation)