Midwives continue to deliver amid uncertainty in Afghanistan

NEW YORK, United Nations/Afghanistan – Even before the current humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan, the maternal health situation. Pregnant women faced one of the highest maternal death rates in the world. Today, “humanitarian catastrophe looms”, said UNFPA’s Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem at a high-level meeting at United Nations Headquarters. Forty years of conflict, chronic poverty,…

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At high-level UN meeting, Afghan women call for support

UNITED NATIONS, New York – “My country is in a humanitarian crisis,” said Yalda Royan, an Afghan women’s rights advocate. She spoke ahead of a high-level meeting on the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan, held at the United Nations on Monday. “Eighteen million Afghans are in need of humanitarian aid, the majority…

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Sailing to safety: UNFPA midwife performs miraculous boat delivery

An Incredible Journey One morning in July 2021, Zilkee was surprised when a panicked man burst into the health complex. “A pregnant woman is doing a delivery in a boat. Please come and help her,’’ he yelled. Zilkee is a midwife in the remote Bandarban District of Bangladesh….

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News & Reports

Friends of UNFPA Presents: A Q&A with With Grace Filmmaker Austin Meyer

Friends of UNFPA is hosting a public virtual screening of With Grace, a new National Geographic short documentary film. The
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Supporter Spotlight: Steve Rosenberg

Steve Rosenberg made his first gift to Friends of UNFPA in 2018 after receiving a letter from us requesting support.
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Wanted and Needed: Midwives

You can help save 4.3 million lives each year. In war-ravaged Yemen, Rahma, a UNFPA midwife, opened a clinic in
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Reproductive health supplies airlifted into quake-shattered Haiti

PORT-AU-PRINCE/NEW YORK – UNFPA and partner agencies have airlifted more than 125 tons of life-saving supplies to earthquake-shattered parts of Haiti. The 7.2-magnitude
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Can family planning reduce poverty? These women think so.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, decades of progress were reversed in the effort to eliminate extreme poverty. Women were hit particularly hard, with
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Survivors of sexual violence in conflict, no matter what

This story contains accounts and descriptions of sexual violence, including toward children. Please use caution when reading and sharing.  Women’s bodies
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A new partnership between Friends of UNFPA and FreeWill

Click here to establish your vision for the future. We at Friends of UNFPA are so appreciative of your ongoing
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Haiti’s Most Recent Earthquake Puts Women and Girls at Risk

On August 14, 2021, a massive 7.2 magnitude earthquake hit southwestern Haiti, killing nearly 2,000 and injuring thousands more. The coming days will likely bring more
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What We All Lose When Menstruation Myths Win

Shortfalls in comprehensive reproductive and sexual health education threaten the lives of women and girls. The COVID-19 pandemic’s toll on gender
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Compounding Crises: The State of the World’s Most Dire Humanitarian Crises

The political climate–and actual climate–of a humanitarian crisis can change at any moment. It can be extremely difficult to imagine life as someone living through
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Stories From the Field

CPD Zimbabwe [2022-2026] (DP/FPA/CPD/ZWE/8)

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CPD Madagascar [2022-2026] (DP/FPA/CPD/MDG/8)

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CPD Lao [2022-2026] (DP/FPA/CPD/LAO/7)

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CPD Guatemala [2022-2025] (DP/FPA/CPD/GTM/8)

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CPD Comoros [2022-2026] (DP/FPA/CPD/COM/7)

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CPD Burundi [2005-2007] (DP/FPA/CPD/BDI/6)

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CPD Armenia [2005-2009] (DP/FPA/CPD/ARM/1)

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CPD Angola [2005-2008] (DP/FPA/CPD/AGO/5)

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CPD Afghanistan [2006-2008] (DP/FPA/CPD/AFG/2)

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CPD Mozambique [2017-2020] (DP/FPA/CPD/MOZ/9)

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Videos

Aroud The World with Dennia Gayle from UNFPA Ethiopia

Dennia Gayle, UNFPA’s Country Representative in Ethiopia spoke with Roger Nokes, Friends of UNFPA’s Communications Director, on what motivates her,
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