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UNFPA & EU Work to Meet the Urgent Reproductive Health Needs of Women in Rural Areas

"I suffer greatly from the road to Aleppo city and I wait for long hours until I reach any clinic to check up my health and my family’s health, in addition to the costs of treatment which are extremely high.", Ammouna says.

Ammouna Ibrahim, 27 years old, married and has 4 children, she works in her home and a farmer as well in one of the nearby farms. She lives in a village, which is located in the northeastern rural of Aleppo, which lacks the basic lifesaving and health services besides the far away transportation to Aleppo city.

Since the opening of the health center, which is supported by United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Ammouna and numerous women in the area have been relieved because of the center's presence in the neighborhood, so they do not need to pay the costs of the travel and the hardship accordingly.

When Ammouna was pregnant, she became a regular visitor to follow-up on her pregnancy within the center, which includes the medical follow-up and providing special medicines for pregnant women (vitamins and other needed medicines). She had received a special clothes bag for the moms and babies besides being supported throughout the cesarean delivery. She is now following up with the gynecologist in the center and visiting the pediatrician to look after Kareem, her new born baby.

The same applies to her other children, as she received the basic essential medical care from the pediatrician and available medicines to treat her children.

“We are illiterate women, so attending the awareness sessions was very valuable, as we’ve learned medical information that we were ignorant about them and our healthy life style.”, Ammouna elaborated.

Moreover, Ammouna regularly attends the health awareness sessions, and when she has been asked about her needs as a beneficiary of the reproductive health services, she confirmed that “all her needs were fully met within this holistic center”.

With generous funding from the European Union (EU), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) continues to deliver much-needed assistance programmes in Syria over the course of 2021, with a focus on safeguarding the lives and dignity of women and girls.

“UNFPA is grateful to the European Union for its continued support of our vital programmes throughout Syria, which continue to save lives and offer much-needed lifelines for communities and individuals impacted by this protracted crisis,” commented Dr. Iyad Nasr, UNFPA Syria Representative.

“With support from the EU, lives are being saved through the provision of Reproductive Health services”, Dr. Nasr added.