Women in Gaza give birth on the streets, have no menstrual products and are victims of malnutrition


It is estimated that there are around 50,000 pregnant women in the Gaza Strip and an average of 160 babies are born every day “in terrible conditions”.

The women of Gaza are exposed to, and forced to do, other forms of violence outside the conflict between Israel and Hamas itself gave birth on the street, no menstrual products and victims of a malnutrition that affects their children.

This was explained to the EFE news agency by the executive director of the Spanish commission of the UN Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA), Raquel Martí.

“Hospitals are unable to receive patients due to the collapse and this is creating a critical gap in access to healthcare, particularly affecting women and children. women’s healthattention for newborn Sexual and reproductive health is no longer being addressed,” Martí warns.

It is estimated, the executive director adds, that there are some 50,000 pregnant women in the Gaza Strip and there are every day an average of 160 babies “in terrible circumstances.”

“Many of these women cannot reach hospitals and have to give birth at home in UNRWA shelters without healthcareon the streets among the rubble or in absolutely saturated health centers,” he says. He denounces that “sanitary conditions are deteriorating every day and there is a very high risk of get infections And have medical complications due to the lack of supplies and human resources”.

Since the start of the war between Israel and Hamas, women and girls in the Gaza Strip have experienced disproportionate impacts in multiple aspects of their lives. Have thousands of them collaterally deceased.

This latest escalation of violence, which began on October 7, following Hamas terrorist attacks on Israeli territory and Israel’s immediate response, has led to 15,000 deadof which more than 6,150 are minors, and more than 4000 womenthe Hamas government said.

The conflict is also impacting the mental health of women, who are experiencing an “extreme and traumatic” situation as they are forced to relocate and care for adult family members, many of whom are ill, and children.

Increase in gender violence

Raquel Martí also warns that overcrowding in shelters and shelters is causing an increase in family tensions, which could lead to an increase in gender violence.

Now, however, there are no associations, NGOs or hospitals that can address gender violence in Gaza.

Source: EITB


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