UNRWA has started distributing maternity packages to new mothers who have given birth during the current hostilities, and who are registered as IDPs in its 87 shelters across the Gaza Strip. A total of 344 new babies are starting their life in UNRWA schools, 152 girls and 192 boys.
The maternity packages contain essential items to help mothers care for their newborns during this difficult time of displacement. Each package includes a baby cot, baby diapers, hygiene items for both mother and baby, baby shampoo, baby body lotion and powder, new underwear, baby clothes, and a baby's blanket. Any mothers who have given birth on and after 8 July, when hostilities escalated, will receive a package, and distribution commences this week.
The first UNRWA school to distribute packages was Zaitoun Elementary Co-ed School (A & B), where twenty year old Rawan Shallah gave birth about three weeks ago and was one of 24 mothers receiving maternity packages. Rawan and her family took refuge at the School after fleeing their home in Shujayia, in eastern Gaza. Rawan ran from shelling whilst nine months pregnant and faced dehydration and other health issues during her first days at the shelter. "I am relieved to have received UNRWA’s maternity package. It contains many items the baby and I urgently need especially in the current conditions."
UNRWA continues to respond to the urgent needs of the population in Gaza at this time of great uncertainty. There are currently more than 207,000 internally displaced persons taking refuge in 87 UNRWA schools across the Gaza Strip.