UNFPA and the US Government had made a huge contribution to improving the conditions in moldovan maternity hospitals
13 March 2023
- The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), with the financial support of the US Government, continues to strengthen the capacity of the healthcare system of the Republic of Moldova, providing several medical institutions with state-of-the-art equipment, absolutely necessary in the daily work of doctors.
On March 10, an official ceremony took place at the maternity ward of Hospital No. 1 in Chisinau. There, UNFPA has completely modernized the Gynecology and Obstetrics units, which includes equipment for delivery rooms, operating rooms, and intensive care units for mothers and newborns.
The event was attended by the US ambassador to the Republic of Moldova, Kent D. Logsdon, Nigina Abaszada, UNFPA resident representative in the Republic of Moldova, the mayor of Chisinau, Ion Ceban, the management of the medical institution, as well as the doctors of the modernized wards.
“Today we have gathered to mark a very important event, namely the creation of suitable conditions for safe births. Our goal at UNFPA is to ensure that all women have access to safe birth conditions. Hospital no. 1 is one of the 9 hospitals in Moldova that benefited from modern equipment, especially the delivery rooms, the surgical wards, and the intensive care units. This was done in partnership with the US Government, the RM Government, and local authorities. Refugees from Ukraine also give birth at this hospital. As I mentioned before, this investment cannot be monetized because this investment will save many lives in the future. According to our estimates, the investments made in all hospitals will help save more than 15 thousand lives annually. Another element that I must highlight is that all this equipment is adjusted for the specific needs of women with disabilities”, said Nigina Abaszada, UNFPA resident representative in the Republic of Moldova.
The equipment delivered throughout Moldova is life-saving, consisting of high-performance devices, mainly for operating rooms, delivery rooms, and intensive care units, as well as medicines and ambulances.
“We are here to talk about the important work we are doing to help strengthen the capacities of hospitals in the Republic of Moldova to help refugees and Moldovan citizens. The Obstetrics and Gynecology Department at this hospital has been beautifully renovated and fully equipped will enable the doctors to provide quality medical services to the mother and newborns during routine pregnancies and high-risk cases. Also, the project represents the commitment of the US and our partner UNFPA to support Moldova’s efforts to make quality healthcare accessible to all”, said the US Ambassador to the Republic of Moldova, Kent D. Logsdon.
Annually, almost 6,000 babies are born at the maternity hospital of hospital no. 1, and the donated equipment will ensure safe births both among women in our country and also for refugees from Ukraine.
“Annually, about 6 thousand births take place at this maternity hospital. Together with the other leaders of the institutions in Chisinau, but also in the country, we bow before your lordships and thank you for taking care of us and making everyone’s health, from the little ones to the big ones, have hope… I’m glad enormously that the municipality of Chisinau, that this institution is part of the network of institutions in which so much is invested by the US Government and UNFPA, that the quality standards, those services that are offered, increase substantially in the institutions managed by the state or municipality”, stated the mayor of Chisinau, Ion Ceban.
During 2022, UNFPA fully equipped: 22 delivery rooms benefiting approximately 15,000 babies and their mothers; 14 operating rooms and 35 patient rooms at 9 strategic medical institutions in the Republic of Moldova; 8 neonatal intensive care units from 7 maternity hospitals; gynecological operating rooms at the Oncology Institute in Chisinau.