FIGO calls for donations to support women giving birth in Ukraine and surrounding countries

The war in Ukraine poses extreme risks to civilians, in particular to women and children. More than 2.5 million people have been displaced by the invasion of Ukraine by the Russian Federation. This figure could rise to as many as 4 million. Among these are around 80,000 women expected to give birth in the next three months.

In partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), European Board & College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (EBCOG) and NGOs working in Ukraine and surrounding countries, FIGO is raising funds to support the essential health care needs of pregnant women affected by the conflict.

We call on all those who are able – our colleagues, partners and friends – to donate to this fund by visiting All donations will go towards the purchase of emergency medical supplies and care packages that will be sent to Ukraine and surrounding countries.

As little as $14 will purchase a dignity kit, containing items such as underwear, toothbrushes and detergent. $250 will purchase a midwifery kit to aid with childbirth. $2,000 will provide equipment for up to 200 safe births.

FIGO will ensure all proceeds reach the right people in the right areas by working closely with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and other organisations including the Inter-Agency Working Group on Reproductive Health in Crises (IAWG). The IAWG is an international coalition of organisations and individuals working collectively to advance sexual and reproductive health and rights in humanitarian settings. The IAWG, working with UNFPA, helps to direct kits to those most in need.

FIGO, EBCOG and the obstetricians and gynaecologists around the world we represent recognise the ever-present risks of childbirth to mother and infant. These risks are dramatically higher when a mother is under siege, in war or displaced. In turn, this significantly increases the possibility of death or injury to the mother, baby, or both.

Please donate now to provide essential sexual and reproductive health care for women in and around Ukraine.