Julie Akol, 17, has just delivered her first born baby boy in the UNICEF supported IMC clinic in Malakal PoC. Baby was born healthy, weighing three kilograms. About forty minutes after Julie delivered her son, she was advised on how to breastfeed and was helped by the midwife to feed her son for the first time. “I am happy I have delivered my son in the clinic, my child will be vaccinated and they will advise me on how to care for him,” says Julie. “My husband is still in Wau Shilluk and I dont know when I will see him. It is safer for us here, so I will stay in the PoC until there is peace and we all can go home without fear.” Julie and her mom are among the new arrivals in this PoC site. Originally from Wau Shilluk, escaping food shortage and insecurity they came to the PoC in May 2013. Mother and child are usually discharged from the clinic in 24 hours after all vaccinations are received and there is no risk of health complications for the mother.
In 2015, UNICEF continues supporting health implementing partners to deliver basic primary healthcare from integrated package of maternal, neonatal and child health interventions critical to prevent excess mortality and morbidity to providing support in fighting common childhood killer diseases such as measles, malaria, diarrhea and
Pneumonia. UNICEF along with its partners is focuses to provide best health services available in the most needed locations of Bentiu, Bor, Juba, Malakal and Wau PoCs to support young mothers like Julie and her newborn baby boy.
More than 16 million babies were born in conflict zones in 2015. Thats one in eight of all births worldwide this year. Every two seconds a child takes his or her first breath in a conflict zone.