Urgent appeal

Thousands of refugee women in Europe need reproductive health care

Migrants and refugees walk down railroad track towards the Hungarian border. (ANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP/Getty Images)

The United Nations Population Fund appealed for $4.2 million for humanitarian assistance to aid them in providing urgent sexual and reproductive health-care for the thousands of refugee and migrant women moving across Europe. “Thousands of women and girls, some of them pregnant, are on the move along the transit routes in the Balkans, often without access to basic hygiene and health services and with little protection from violence,” said UNFPA Executive Director, Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin. According to the UN agency, some 70,000 women could try to reach Europe through the Balkan route over the next six months –  of which 4,200 are likely to be pregnant and about 1,400 at risk of sexual violence. The UNFPA intends to distribute some 70,000 dignity kits in the region over the next six months, including basic health-care and hygiene items, to help these women make their journey safe and healthy.

Read the full story on the UN website.

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