Kabul – Following reports of an increase in maternal mortality due to the lack of access to health services in Daikundi province, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has provided cash assistance to 6,000 families in the province donated by a British government agency.
The UNICEF has announced it provided emergency cash assistance to 6,000 families so that they can take care of pregnant women in the families.
According to UNICEF, the assistance is to help pregnant women overcome financial barriers to accessing pre, during, and post-natal health care in hospitals as well vaccinating their children.
Previously, it was reported that many mothers lost their lives due to the lack of access to health care in Afghanistan.
As reported by international agencies, the access of mothers to health services has decreased significantly since the Taliban seized control of the country in August 2021.
Taliban rebels, instead of facilitating health care services have imposed certain restrictions on women such as being accompanied by a male companion while visiting doctors and health care services. This has not only limited service accessibility for women but has also made it impossible for women to benefit from the service during their pregnancy period.
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