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Looking Back and Moving Forward: 2021 in Review

The past year has been difficult for all of us. And just when it looked like we might be over the COVID hump, omicron has set us back. There’s no doubt that health care workers—who are overworked, surrounded by suffering, and risking their own health—have had it harder...

Emergency help is a phone call away for midwives in Afghanistan

Kabul, AFGHANISTAN  One evening in August, Firoza, a 34-year-old mother of five, was rushed to a UNFPA family health house. She was giving birth but began to experience complications. Family health houses help people in hard-to-reach areas access otherwise scarce maternity services. In 2021, more than 15,000 women...

Super Typhoon Rai: Women and Girls Can’t Wait

Super Typhoon Rai struck the Philippines on Thursday leaving hundreds dead and more than 400,000 displaced. Known locally in the Philippines as Typhoon Odette, the storm impacted more than 6 million women and girls in the Philippines and Malaysia. 1.4 million women and girls are in need of immediate sexual...

Supporter Spotlight: Riley Cappellucci

In this season of giving, we spoke with Riley Cappellucci, a new mom and supporter of Friends of UNFPA, who shares the joys and challenges of motherhood, about why she chose to give back this year.   Around the world, COVID-19 continues to put women and girls at risk by limiting their access to lifesaving sexual and reproductive...

Midwives, No Matter What

In the United States, nearly all births take place at hospitals staffed with teams of doctors and nurses. In this setting, midwives might seem antiquated. But in much of the world, midwives are the first and perhaps only option for pregnant women, new mothers, and others in need of sexual and reproductive...