News on Maternal health

14 November 2016
News
Dr. José Luis Palma Vélez aboard the "Health Canoe," a water ambulance that transports pregnant women to the nearest health centre. © UNFPA/Jose Antonio Guayasamin
SUCUMBÍOS, Ecuador – Margarita Mamallacta’s village, in a remote Ecuadorian district on the edge of the Amazon rainforest, was not always a safe place for mothers. Pregnant women in the indigenous communities here, in... Read more
10 November 2016
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Women and girls are at risk in Boko Haram-affected areas. © OCHA/Ó. Fagan
ABUJA, Nigeria – “We cannot underestimate the amount of support that each of these girls will need,” said Joy Michael, a UNFPA humanitarian analyst, in the weeks following the release of 21 schoolgirls captured by... Read more
8 November 2016
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Midwife Justine Mangwi was not able to save the newborn's mother. © UNFPA South Sudan
TORIT, South Sudan – Insecurity, poverty and poor health care continue to be a deadly mix in South Sudan. Tragedy struck the hospital in the eastern town of Torit after poor conditions and fear of attacks led health... Read more
4 November 2016
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Urgent action  is required to protect the lives of thousands of women and girls. © UNFPA/Eddie Wright
MIRAGOANE, Haiti – Hurricane Matthew roared through Haiti one month ago, destroying homes, hospitals, roads, crops and lives. With health and protection systems ravaged, risks to women and girls have soared. Urgent... Read more
3 November 2016
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A displaced family walks under a sky blackened by burning oil wells in Qayyarah, south of Mosul. Nineteen oil wells were set ablaze as ISIL retreated from the area. © OCHA/ Themba Linden
QAYYARAH, Iraq – With military operations underway to retake Mosul from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS or Daesh), thousands of civilians have fled and displacement is expected to... Read more
26 October 2016
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Family planning is helping women in Myanmar protect their health and families. © UNFPA Myanmar
YANGON, Myanmar – As Moe Moe Khaing, 30, listened to her doctor discuss family planning, she automatically reflected on the pressures building at home: Rent had been due a week ago, and her 3-year-old son had been sick... Read more
25 October 2016
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Hurricane Matthew struck Haiti on 4 October, unleashing the greatest devastation the country has seen since the 2010 earthquake. © UNFPA/Eddie Wright
JEREMIE, Haiti – The night Hurricane Matthew struck Haiti, Marie-Lyrette Casimir, 46, was the only midwife on duty at the maternity unit of St. Antoine Hospital in Jérémie. It would be the only building at the hospital... Read more
18 October 2016
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’Mantina Mphohle receiving health services inside a new mobile clinic, near the factory where she works. © UNFPA Lesotho
MAPUTSOE, Lesotho – When factory worker ’Mantina Mphohle, 31, was hit by a car recently, she took two days of sick leave. That time off was unpaid. “You can imagine how disappointed I was when I realized my salary had... Read more
12 October 2016
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Joint UN estimates indicate the Maldives has seen a 90 per cent decline in maternal mortality since 1990. © UNFPA/Shahina Ali
MALE, Maldives – The Maldives has seen a stunning 90 per cent plunge in its maternal death rate over the last 25 years, the largest such drop in the world over this time period, according to joint United Nations... Read more
10 October 2016
News
Jumwa Kabibu Kai, 77, with Kilifi County Governor Amason Kingi, at an event raising awareness about fistula. © UNFPA Kenya/Douglas Waudo
KILIFI, Kenya – Decades ago, Jumwa Kabibu Kai was pregnant with her second child in the small village of Kidutani, Kenya. The area was poor and isolated – her nearest neighbour was 3 kilometres away – and there was no... Read more

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