Islamic Help will be providing expecting mothers with everything they require for a safe birth.
Through the ‘Birth’ programme, they will be covering hospital and delivery costs and immediate aftercare costs such as sanitary items, baby clothes, food and items needed for both mother and child.
£25 – Baby Milk Supply For 1 Month
£150 – Mother & Baby Essentials (clothes, basic amenities etc.)
£600 – Covers Cost of Birth (baby delivery) And Family Aftercare
£1,000 – Contributes Towards Running Cost of Birth Clinic For 1 Month
For Syrian families already struggling against the hardships they face as refugees, the arrival of a new-born is not only a time of joy but also concern. Many – especially those in unofficial refugee camps – face shortages of the essentials of life including food, water and shelter.
With little or no financial support and the lack of medical facilities, the birth of a child not only places additional burdens on a family but brings with it the risk of endangering the baby’s life and that of the mother. Even for those who are in refugee camps set up by international aid agencies or governments, or fortunate to be taken to hospital, the lack of financial help places further stress on them.
Jordan houses nearly 3 million refugees, of which more than 650,000 are Syrians (UNHCR, Aug 2016) who have fled the conflict in their nation.
Of the Syrian refugees in Jordan, more than half are women. It’s estimated that approx 90,000 are aged 18-25 years.
No one knows how many babies have been born to Syrian refugee mothers in Jordan but UNFPA, the UN’s Population Fund, said that 16,000 refugees were pregnant at any one time.
In March 2016, the 5,000th refugee baby was born at the Zaatari camp – which houses 80,000 refugees and is Jordan’s 4th largest city. About 300 babies are born at the camp every month.
Syrian refugees are not allowed work permits. Their expenditure – approx £500 per month per family - is double their income and about a tenth of that expenditure is on health services. In November 2014, the Jordanian government rescinded the free health care it had provided to Syrian refugees making it nearly impossible for many would-be mothers to cover the cost of delivery in a hospital.
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