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Yemen’s deadly cholera outbreak puts pregnant women in danger


Dr. Farea at 22 May Hospital, in Sana’a, checks in on Ibtisam, a pregnant woman with cholera. © UNFPA Yemen

SANA’A, Yemen – The cholera outbreak in Yemen is spreading at an unprecedented rate, with an average of 5,000 people infected every day, and nearly one person dying every hour, according reporting from the United Nations. In less than three months, more than 330,000 suspected cases of cholera have been reported, with nearly 1,800 deaths. 

Friday, July 21, 2017 4:09:56 PM

To end violence against women, Cambodian project teaches healthy relationships


A pilot programme is working to stop the cycle of violence in Cambodia, where half of women and a quarter of men say wife beating can be justified. © UNFPA Cambodia/Sophanara Pen

KAMPONG CHAM, Cambodia – Women in Cambodia’s Kampong Cham Province are no strangers to violence. A staggering 33 per cent of women in the province have experienced physical violence since age 15, a 2014 survey revealed. Statistics for the whole of Cambodia are not much better. Nationwide, one out of five women has been subjected to physical violence.

Thursday, July 20, 2017 2:08:13 PM

Youth offer solutions to global problems, if leaders take action now


Edith Nambalirwa is reaching other youth with her entrepreneurial spirit and knowledge of sexual and reproductive health. © UNFPA ESARO/Corrie Butler

MUBENDE, Uganda/UNITED NATIONS, New York – Today, the world faces daunting challenges, from persistent poverty to entrenched inequalities. Yet one key solution is just over the horizon, if countries and leaders take action now.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017 1:21:22 PM

Leaders around the world commit support for voluntary family planning


Kate and Samuel Opio with their twins at Inomo Health Centre III, in Uganda's Apac District. They now plan to use a modern contraceptive method. © UNFPA/Prossy Jonker Nakanjako

APAC, Uganda/LONDON, United Kingdom – Kate Opio, 33, was buoyant, cuddling one of her newborn twins in the maternity ward at a health centre in Uganda’s Apac District. The other twin slept peacefully beside them. But this lovely moment almost didn’t happen, Ms. Opio’s midwife explained. All three nearly died in childbirth.

Friday, July 14, 2017 4:11:59 PM

After devastating birth injuries, 33 women’s lives transformed


A young woman at a fistula-repair campaign in Batrouri, Cameroon. Obstetric fistula is a life-altering childbirth injury that afflicts the world's most marginalized women. But it can be repaired – and prevented. © UNFPA Cameroon/Olive Bonga

BATOURI, Cameroon – Amina was married when she was just a child. Soon after, she became pregnant, and, at only 13 years old, she went into labour. As is the case with many girls her age, Amina’s body was not mature enough to bear a child, and she suffered an obstructed labour, an excruciating condition that could have killed her.

Friday, July 14, 2017 12:34:54 PM

In Bangladesh’s tea gardens, saving mothers and newborns


Anjana rests with her newborn baby in Moulvibazar, Bangladesh. Both mother and baby survived an obstructed labour, thanks to the intervention of a midwife. © CIPRB/Animesh Biswas

MOULVIBAZAR, Bangladesh – When labour pains started for Anjana, 20, she had no idea her life was at stake. She was 36 weeks into her first pregnancy, and felt contractions for a full day before her family called for the midwife. By then, she was well into an obstructed labour – a potentially fatal condition for both her and the baby.

Yet Anjana was fortunate.

Midwives, antenatal care and a full complement of safe delivery services were available, part of a recently implemented UNFPA programme targeting workers at tea gardens in Moulvibazar District.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017 1:17:18 PM

To secure a better future, teens in Sierra Leone look to family planning


Aminata Kabba became pregnant at 15. She says she wishes she had known about family planning. © MSSL

PUJEHUN/BUEDU, Sierra Leone – When Aminata Kabba became pregnant last year, at 15 years old, she had no idea how difficult her life would become.  “Having a child at my age was a big mistake,” she said.

Becoming a mother has disrupted her education and her life trajectory. “I don’t work. I am a school dropout due to my pregnancy. I am not happy that my peers are in school while I am at home nursing a baby.”

Monday, July 10, 2017 11:54:17 AM

Workplace family planning project empowers women, and is good business


When Mae Esparcia returned to work after having a baby, she was able to access contraceptive pills through a workplace family planning programme. ©UNFPA Philippines/Mario Villamor

CAVITE, Philippines – Seven months ago, Mae Esparcia, 30, gave birth to her first child, Maria Carmen. After her delivery, Ms. Esparcia, a garments factory worker at Hamlin Industrial Corp. in Cavite, Philippines, decided to start using contraceptive pills, which she received for free – from her workplace.

“I’m taking the pills so that I avoid getting pregnant so soon after the birth of my daughter,” she told UNFPA, which is partnering with Hamlin to support the programme, part of efforts to expand access to family planning services in the Philippines.

Friday, July 07, 2017 11:38:11 AM

How health clinics in Namibia are destigmatizing HIV and boosting efficiency


A mother and her baby at a UNFPA-supported clinic in Windhoek. A project is improving reproductive health care and increasing the people reached with HIV services. © UNFPA Namibia/Emma Mbekele

GOBABIS, Namibia – Each morning, single mother Elizabeth Kazapua rises at 4:30 to begin her hour-long trek to work at Epako Clinic in Gobabis, Namibia.

There, at the site of a ground-breaking pilot project, she greets and directs visitors, even recognizing some by name. She makes sure that pregnant, seriously ill and elderly visitors are treated first.

“I love it here. Every shift I feel motivated,” Ms. Kazapua said as she directed a young woman to the pharmacy.

Thursday, July 06, 2017 10:40:02 AM

Violence in Marawi displaces thousands of pregnant women and new mothers


A family opens up a UNFPA-supplied dignity kit at the evacuation centre in the Moneerah Integrated School. © UNFPA

ILIGAN, Philippines – Nineteen-year-old Tarhata Mostare gave birth to her third child at home on 23 May – the same day fighting erupted between government forces and the Maute and Abu Sayyaf armed groups in the city of Marawi, on the long-embattled island of Mindanao.

Monday, July 03, 2017 12:42:44 PM


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