UNFPA to aid maternal health in Costa Rica

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) is working to provide assistance for pregnant women in Costa Rica following the recent earthquake.

A major quake hit the country earlier in January, with reports estimating that over 25,000 homes have been left without water and 4,000 people have been forced to move to emergency shelters.

The UNFPA has announced it is working with government agencies and non-governmental organisations in the country to offer special shelters and assistance to women in the later stages of pregnancy.

Prenatal care, assisted delivery and emergency obstetric care are among the services being offered.

Patricia Salgado, UNFPA's assistant representative in Costa Rica, said the measures were being introduced to "safeguard their lives and those of their soon-to-be-born children".

The association is working with the World Health Organisation, the Japan International Cooperation Agency and the Lao Women's Union to launch a new skilled birth attendance development plan in Lao.