UNFPA Flash Appeal 2020 Beirut Port Explosion
UNFPA is scaling up its efforts to meet the emerging needs of the estimated 140,700 women and girls among the 300,000 who have been left homeless due to the impact of the blast, including nearly 81,000 women of reproductive age and 48,000 adolescents. Given the devastation wrought on maternity wards and primary healthcare centers, an estimated 3,938 women who are currently pregnant will also be in need of ante-natal, Emergency Obstetric and Neonatal Care (EmONC), and post-natal care. Response efforts will also include reprogramming existing measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 given the escalating risks of infection following the incident. During the first week of the crisis, UNFPA was able to deliver 85,000 sanitary packs, 40,000 dignity kits with personal hygiene supplies, and 10,880 PPEs (masks, gloves, and medical gowns) to the local health system, in addition to deploying midwives and trainers to primary healthcare facilities impacted by the incident.