Why is UNFPA the ideal organization to make Safe Motherhood a reality?
Angelyne, you mention countries like Iran, where societal attitudes work to keep women from obtaining their full potential - how do we combat these cultural conceptions and enlist local women in changing the way their society views women's human rights andf healthcare?
Another question: I'm pretty sure the U.S. does support some efforts to improve the status of women and their health (USAID does some of this work, for example); is there something essential about UNFPA's methods which aren't practiced by US gov't efforts, or is the issue simply one of quantity and not quality?
Hi, I’m Angeline Martyn, Communications Director for Americans for UNFPA. I’ll be answering your questions about what UNFPA actually does to ensure Safe Motherhood worldwide, and why UNFPA’s programs are particularly effective. I’ll be live online here on Monday March 3rd and Tuesday the 4th from 1 Eastern to 3 Eastern each day, answering questions and follow-ups.So use the box on the right part of your screen to enter your question, and look below for the answer.
How come countries don't understand that without mothers there is no one to raise the child.
Thanks for your question, Theresa. We believe that most countries do recognize the value of women, both to their families and to the country as a whole. Unfortunately, there are societies in which some men believe it's easier and cheaper to get a new wife than save the one who is dying. When countries devote resourses to women's health, a slow change begins in which the status of women begins to improve over time. Unfortunately, the biggest challenges for many countries is that they simply lack the resources.
Do you have examples of countries where UNFPA's Safe Motherhood work has been particularly successful?
Hi Abby, Thanks for your question. In a single decade (1994-2004) UNFPA programs reduced maternal death in six countries: Bolivia, Egypt, Indonesia, Jamaica, Mongolia and Zimbabwe. I actually had the opportunity to travel to Mongolia last year and see first hand the remarkable ways in which maternal heath is being addressed. You might enjoy viewing a short video from my trip at the following link: http://www.americansforunfpa.org/NetCommunity/Page.aspx?pid=593&srcid=414-Angeline
Vicki these questions come up often. If you could check back tomorrow, we'll get a video response posted for you!
Angeline, you discuss UNFPA's commitment to providing contraception and family planning services and improving health care facilities. Does UNFPA address basic necessities for safe motherhood like access to adequate nutrition and clean water?
Angeline's video answer about UNFPA's successful work in Mongoliahttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HdnRXlWKYLU
Angeline,I am also curious about how UNFPA decides which projects it will fund and which countries it will work in.
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