On Saturday April 16, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Ecuador killing hundreds of people, leaving thousands wounded and causing severe damage to infrastructure. Access to safe drinking water and storage, as well as shelter is urgently needed. With your help we can reach the most vulnerable populations with vital assistance.
Millions of women throughout the world are the victims of poverty and conflict. Women are particularly vulnerable due to their status as mothers and primary care-givers for the family. Many of them cannot access basic health services during pregnancy or when giving birth, increasing the risk of maternal mortality.
Oxfam applauds the government of Sierra Leone on announcing plans (April 2010) for free healthcare program for pregnant women, breast-feeding mothers and children under five. We look forward to seeing its results.
Sierra Leone has one of the highest maternal mortality rate in the world. Thousands of child orphans, who must stay with relatives or friends of the family, further suffer the consequences of this dire situation – one that could be greatly improved if the population had access to healthcare.