30 May 2014
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MOGADISHU, Somalia — Somalia is one of the worst places in the world to be a woman, especially a pregnant woman. According to recent statistics, one in 18 Somali women die from complications of pregnancy or childbirth... Read more
19 June 2014
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Rahae Na Bagum, 19, holds her 18-month-old baby at Dai Pai Hospital in Rakhine State, in September 2013, before humanitarian staff were evacuated following attacks in March 2014. Photo credit: UNFPA Myanmar
SITTWE, Myanmar – UNFPA-supported mobile medical teams have resumed providing life-saving reproductive health services in 15 camps for displaced people in Myanmar’s Rakhine State. Four teams have been deployed,... Read more
5 May 2014
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UNITED NATIONS, New York – Every two minutes, a woman dies in pregnancy or childbirth, according to UN estimates, adding up nearly 290,000 maternal deaths each year. Nearly 3 million newborns die each year as well. Most... Read more
28 May 2014
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YANGON, Myanmar – Twenty-three-year-old Ma Thae Ei Phyu is one of five “red angel” midwives who participated in a recent UNFPA-supported intensive training programme at a maternity ward on the outskirts of Yangon,... Read more
3 June 2014
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UNITED NATIONS, New York – When trained and supported by a functional health system, midwives could provide 87 per cent of the essential care needed for women and newborns, and could potentially reduce maternal and... Read more
9 May 2014
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KABUL, Afghanistan – Purple is the colour that midwifery students proudly wear in a small but revolutionary school in the busy Afghan capital, Kabul. In addition to a purple scarf, they have one other thing in common:... Read more
16 April 2014
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JUBA, South Sudan – Armed with a broad smile, Jennifer Ikokole ushers expectant mothers into a makeshift tent at the sprawling Tomping civilian protection camp in South Sudan’s capital, Juba. As the current crisis takes... Read more
8 April 2014
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Midwives are Key to Fewer Maternal Deaths
UNITED NATIONS, New York – At a side event of the 47th session of the United Nations Commission on Population and Development, leaders and experts highlighted the key role of midwifery in drastically decreasing maternal... Read more
23 April 2014
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STUNG TRENG, Cambodia – Sixteen-year-old Hang Dèng travelled for an hour by boat to reach the health centre closest to her remote Cambodian village. She was in labour and suffering complications. The health workers at... Read more

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