News on Maternal health

7 September 2016
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Rose Matuulane, 24, with one of her children. She is able to access antenatal care, cervical cancer screening, HIV testing and family planning counselling all in the same clinic visit. © UNFPA Botswana/Nchidzi Smarts
Otse, Botswana – When Rose Matuulane was pregnant five years ago, she had to wait for a nurse to visit her small village, Otse, to provide antenatal check-ups. When the nurse could not make it, Ms. Matuulane had to... Read more
29 August 2016
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A nurse and a survivor of the Boko Haram insurgency at an antenatal check-up. UNFPA has provided the clinic, at the GGSS displacement camp, with reproductive health kits, clean delivery kits and dignity kits. © UNFPA Nigeria
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria – Zarah Bunu was just a teenager when she was forced to flee her home in north-eastern Nigeria two years ago. The steady drumbeat of fear and violence caused by the Boko Haram insurgency pushed her... Read more
19 August 2016
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Dignity kits are distributed in a camp in Amiriyat Fallujah. © Tajdid NGO
BAGHDAD, Iraq – Residents of the long-embattled city of Fallujah are accustomed to hardship. But even for this battle-tested population, life under the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) was... Read more
16 August 2016
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Women and girls have been disproportionately affected by the conflict in Yemen.  © UNFPA Yemen/Fahmia Al-Fotih
SA’ADA, Yemen – Civilian fatalities are mounting in Yemen, with some of the deadliest episodes of violence taking place in the last two months. UNFPA estimates over 400,000 pregnant women are caught in the conflict,... Read more
3 August 2016
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Dream Team do Passinho launches their hit new song, "More Rights, Less Zika" on World Population Day 2016. The song is a collaboration between the popular music group and UNFPA. © UNFPA Brazil/Tatiana Almeida
BRASÍLIA, Brazil – Funk music stars from Brazil’s favela communities are calling for people to “get together for more rights, less zika” in their newest single. The band, Dream Team do Passinho, partnered with UNFPA to... Read more
29 July 2016
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Midwife Daw Aye Myint visits the home of a new mother for a postpartum check-up in the remote region of Magway. © UNFPA Myanmar
Yangon, Myanmar – Midwife Daw Aye Myint is the first health professional to ever be based in Htamakaut, a remote village in the rural Magway region. She arrived there only 11 months ago. Risks are high for mothers and... Read more
26 July 2016
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A mother and baby in Bentiu, South Sudan, in 2015. When violence erupted days before the fifth anniversary of South Sudan's independence, heroic midwives stood their ground to save lives. © UNFPA/Amadou Baraze Elh Nakaka
JUBA, South Sudan – Ferocious violence erupted in Juba, the capital of South Sudan, on 7 July, two days before the fifth anniversary of the country’s independence. Hundreds of people were killed or wounded, tens of... Read more
21 July 2016
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Greicy Alves with her son, Gabriel, who has microcephaly. Ms. Alves was diagnosed with Zika in her first trimester. Marginalized women are disproportionately affected by the outbreak. © UNFPA/Tatiana Almeida
SALVADOR, Brazil – When 30-year-old Greicy Alves was diagnosed with Zika in her first trimester, it did not seem like a big deal. The disease was widely considered to be mild. But by the time her son, Gabriel, was born... Read more
13 July 2016
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Agnod counsels villagers on family planning. Efforts like Agnod's have helped the country lower its maternal death rate significantly. © UNFPA/Matthew Taylor
SAVANAKHET PROVINCE, Lao People's Democratic Republic – "The village was full of kids before,” said Agnod, 56, in a remote community in the Lao People's Democratic Republic. Nestled in a forest near the border with Viet... Read more
12 July 2016
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Zahra Zakaria was in labour for three days in a tent in West Darfur. A Caesarean section saved her and her son. © UNFPA
WEST DARFUR, Sudan – Something was terribly wrong. Zahra Zakaria was eight months pregnant when she went into labour in a tent in Kondabi, a remote village in Sudan’s West Darfur state. It was her sixth childbirth, but... Read more

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