Building access to clean water in support of Sustainable Development Goal 6

Worldwide, 844 million people lack access to drinking water, and 2.3 billion do not have access to latrines or other basic sanitation facilities. Contaminated water and poor sanitation are among the leading causes of death for children under 5. Without access to Water and sanitation clean water, proper sanitation and hygiene facilities , children…, Building resilience in South Sudan’s water supply , Conflict in South Sudan began in 2013 and has inflicted extensive damage to the country’s water infrastructure. By 2017, an estimated Clean water returns to town in South Sudan 5.1 million people in South Sudan did not have consistent access to safe water and sanitation facilities. Lack of access to clean water contributed to the acute…, Bringing drinking water to schools, health centres and communities, In the Central African Republic, progress towards SDG 6 has been hindered due to conflict that has been ongoing since 2013. The conflict has led to the breakdown or destruction of water treatment works, pollution of wells and increased risks in accessing water points. The UNICEF Central African Republic Country Office Annual Report 2021 country’s…, Achieving SDG 6 requires complex construction projects, UNICEF is now undertaking increasingly Complex building projects complex projects to resolve some of the most intractable development and humanitarian water challenges.   Iraq faces significant water scarcity challenges, affecting peace and security throughout the region. The country is affected by climate change-induced drought, and water…, Expanding access to clean drinking water for nearly 900,000 people in Venezuela, Although Venezuela ranks as one of the world’s top 15 countries in renewable freshwater resources, the ongoing economic crisis has severely disrupted continuous access to clean water and basic sanitation for nearly 8 out of 10 Venezuelans. Even with government price controls, a bottle of water costs around US$3. But with minimum wage at…

UNICEF’s midwifery and obstetric kits: Ensuring a safe childbirth around the world

Marsolyaire holds her newborn son Moisés Centeno, at the UNICEF-supported Caricuao Children's Hospital in Caracas, Venezuela. Although more women and children are surviving childbirth than ever before, a pregnant woman or newborn still dies every 11 seconds somewhere in the world, mostly from preventable causes.  Mothers often die as a result of…, How the midwifery kit took shape, The The Children and the Nations origins of the midwifery kit date back to the 1950s when Leo Eloesser, an American surgeon who served in China with UNICEF, began to experiment with assembling a range of items that a traditional midwife could take to a woman in labour. Originally these items included a sharp knife, gauze, gloves, plastic sheeting…, Where midwifery and obstetric kits are needed most, A staggering 94 per cent of maternal deaths occur in low- and lower-middle income countries where health systems are fragile, under-resourced and over-stretched - or grappling with a humanitarian emergency. For example, the level of maternal deaths are nearly 50 times higher for women in sub-Saharan Africa, and their babies are 10 times more…, A mother’s story from Venezuela , UNICEF also supplies life-saving obstetric kits for use in complicated deliveries. In 2021, UNICEF delivered 1,689 obstetric kits. The top five recipient countries were: Venezuela, Somalia, Sudan, Liberia and South Sudan.  Like the midwifery kit, the kit consists of different modules containing drugs, equipment and renewable materials that are…, UNICEF standardized kits  , The midwifery and obstetric kits are part of a series of standardized kits developed by UNICEF to meet the various needs of children and their families in vulnerable or under-resourced situations. The kits are an invaluable resource in emergency responses as they can be quickly assembled, shipped and distributed.  Kit components are sourced from…, A closer look on what you can find in a midwifery kit, Pre-packed kits for emergencies and beyond A woman walks carrying her baby in the pack and UNICEF hygiene kits, in in Desportivo, a temporary accommodation centre in Pemba, Mozambique. UNICEF/UN0308867/De Wet Supply Catalogue  Cartons with UNICEF supplies are on the conveyer belt. UNICEF/UN0605680/Asamoah