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Healthier pregnancy,

healthier birth.

Health services are very important for the survival and health of both mother and baby during pregnancy, at birth and after birth. The most risky period for women and new-born babies is delivery and afterwards. According to new estimates, 2.8 million pregnant women and new-born babies die each year, mostly from preventable causes; that is, a death occurs in every 11 seconds. Therefore, a conscious pregnancy process of the mother can prevent postpartum problems and reduce mother-infant deaths.

Due to the civil war in Syria began in 2011, Syrian population in Turkey increased dramatically as a result of migration movements. Along with this, the number of refugee pregnant women giving birth in Turkey also increased. Refugee women faced various problems during delivery and pregnancy processes, especially the language barrier, and this situation reduced the quality of prenatal and postnatal care. After determining the risks that this situation may cause, we started our Pregnancy School project for refugee women in 2017 as a joint work with Esenler Maternity Hospital.

We reached 239 women in our project that started in 2017 and lasted until July 2019Since November 2019, we have been carrying out our project in partnership with theEuropean Union Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO), the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the German International Cooperation Agency (GIZ). Due to the pandemic, our trainings are carried out online as of June 2020

This project was funded by the Local Initiative Fund in Turkey (LIFT) as a part of the project “Improving Social Services for Refugees and Host Communities in Turkey by Supporting Community Centres and Local Initiatives (CLIP)”, co-financed by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the European Union through its Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO) and implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.