Refugees are some of the world’s most vulnerable people. Yet too often they face barriers which make them unable to access healthcare. In Colombia, Tearfund is working with healthcare providers to make sure pregnant refugee women get all the support they need.
Many of these women are refugees from Venezuela. With few jobs, food shortages and soaring living costs because of the ongoing political and economic crisis, they feel they have no choice but to flee to another country.
‘We couldn’t find anything,’ says Genesis. ‘Everything was bad.’ Like so many others, she was desperate to provide a better life for her family.
Undernourished and under supported
Genesis is one of the mothers supported by Tearfund. We have been partnering with a local charity, Profamilia, to enable refugee women to receive prenatal care, including ultrasounds. The mothers are given newborn kits, which contain nappies, soap and other essentials to help new babies thrive. Training is also on hand to help the new mums adapt to motherhood and help them to keep their babies healthy.
Before accessing this care, Genesis had been turned away from several other doctors. ‘Thank God for the support you have given me… I had been walking and walking, asking around but the doctors did not want to see me.
‘Now that I’ve had my first check-up I feel good, I feel safer because they are taking care of me. They are monitoring me and my baby. I feel good because everything is well, thank God.’