Protecting the health and rights of women, girls and newborns during conflict and crisis
The situation in Gaza, Israel and the surrounding region exposes women, children, newborns and other vulnerable people to extreme risk, including social, gender and reproductive injustices. At the time FIGO publishes this statement, more than 4,000 people have been reported killed in the region. At least 400,000 people are displaced and more than 1 million people have been ordered to move.
UNFPA estimates there are 540,000 women of reproductive age living in Gaza – where the majority of conflict is occurring – among whom 50,000 are currently pregnant, and 5,500 are expected to deliver in the next month. Furthermore, over half the population in Gaza is under 18 years of age.