It is estimated that 333.200 children have been born since August 15, according to data from United Nations. Even before the Taliban regained power, the country was “one of the most dangerous places to have children or boys”.
Madrid. (EUROPA PRESS)-According to Save the Children’s estimates, in the first 100 days of the new Taliban regime, two babies were born in Afghanistan every minute. According to Save the Children, these children are at risk of “collapse” as there is no guarantee for minimum childbirth. Many women have to give birth at their homes and are unable to access medicines.
NGO Save the Children uses data from the United Nations as a reference. It estimates that 333.200 babies were born in August 2015. Even before the Taliban regained power, “Afghanistan was one of the most dangerous places to have children or boys or girls”, but “the current situation is unimaginable”, according to the person in charge of Save the Children, the country, Thomas Howell S.
These babies were “very weak” according to staff on the ground. Howells recalled in a statement that “although access to life-saving drugs and services nationwide is declining, the number of babies born has not decreased”, which meant that demand persisted.
Save the Children warned of a reduction in international funding for Afghanistan’s public health facilities, which could lead to reduced staffing, decreased services, and reduced supplies of medicines.
The 25-year-old Samila was displaced by violence and was forced to give birth in a house because the nearest clinic was more than five hours’ walk from the hotel and all hospitals were closed. Only 17% of over 2,300 medical facilities were still functioning a few weeks following the Taliban’s rise.
Samira gave birth to her son without the assistance of a midwife. She described it as “very difficult” and claimed that her son has not cried or breathed for almost 15 minutes. She said that she massaged her back frequently and she began crying after about 15 minutes.
Her experience was not uncommon. Save the Children’s doctor Medina recalled: “Women who give birth at home may face many risks, such as bleeding, asthma and other problems. We now see many women who are afraid of childbirth.” In addition, in Afghanistan, “You don’t have what a newborn baby needs.”
Because they are smaller and have less staff, are often without power, and lack medical supplies, the situation at medical centers that remain open is also insecure. The midwife Zuleika explained that there are some centers in rural areas where “some women give birth in complete darkness”.
This is complicated by the temperature drop. “We need radiators to keep the delivery room at the right temperature. It is important that we ensure the baby’s room is not too warm if the baby is very small. This also applies to the mother,” Zuleika said.