News on Sexual & reproductive health

18 October 2016
News
’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
20 October 2016
News
Temawelase is a sixth-grader in rural Swaziland. Whether the world is able to achieve its development goals depends, in large part, on her fate and the fate of girls like her. ©UNFPA/Barcroft Media/Mark Lewis
UNITED NATIONS, New York – The world’s future will be determined by the fate of its 10-year-old girls. Age 10 is the beginning of adolescence, when girls start to see life's possibilities expanding – or contracting. As... Read more
12 October 2016
News
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
11 October 2016
News
Sibongile Majaura's business has saved her education and helps support her family. © UNFPA Zimbabwe/Nikita Little
MAKONDE, Zimbabwe – Three years ago, Sibongile Majaura was on the cusp of dropping out of school, a misfortune all too familiar to girls in Zimbabwe.  But she has defied the odds. With just a little investment and a lot... Read more
6 October 2016
News
Faouzia Yaya was forced into marriage three years ago. A new penal code has just been adopted to prevent such marriages. © UNFPA Cameroon
MAROUA/YAOUNDE, Cameroon – “I was forced into marriage by my father at the age of 14,” Faouzia Yaya, now 17, told UNFPA. “My father insisted, even knowing I did not want it. I even ran away to my uncle’s place, but he... Read more
26 September 2016
News
Nurse adviser Clementine Denagmi offers family planning counseling at a clinic run by the Benin Family Planning Association in Cotonou, Benin. © UNFPA/Ollivier Girard
UNITED NATIONS, New York/COTONOU, Benin – A coalition of reproductive health organizations is sounding the alarm over the unmet contraceptive needs of hundreds of millions of people. Lack of funding for contraceptives... Read more
21 September 2016
News
Residents flee brutal violence in the Rutshuru territory of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, in 2012. Women give birth, even in wartime and disasters. © UN Photo/Sylvain Liechti
UNITED NATIONS, New York/KYESHERO, Democratic Republic of the Congo – Women do not stop giving birth when disaster strikes. Every day, about 500 women die of childbirth-related causes in humanitarian emergencies or... Read more
20 September 2016
News
World Bank Vice President Keith Hansen, President Idriss Déby of Chad, President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré of Burkina Faso, UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin and moderator Folly Bah Thibault (left to right) at a high-level dialogue on achieving the demographic dividend. © UNFPA/Koye Adeboye
UNITED NATIONS, New York/BAGRE, Burkina Faso – Presidents, ministers, and United Nations and World Bank officials met yesterday at UN Headquarters in New York to strengthen their commitments for the young people of... Read more
16 September 2016
News
A midwife delivers a baby at a health facility in Juba. At UNFPA-supported health facilities in Juba's protection camps, many of the midwives are themselves displaced people. © UNFPA South Sudan/Arlene Calaguian Alano
JUBA, South Sudan – Since the July outbreak of in violence in South Sudan, UN-protected camps in the capital have seen a spike in displaced people seeking shelter. The surge has compounded demands at the camps’ already... Read more
15 September 2016
News
Young members of REPROTAI, a UNFPA-supported youth organization, head to the Lobato neighbourhood of Salvador. They are raising awareness of how to prevent the spread of Zika. © UNFPA/Tatiana Almeida
BAHIA, Brazil – Young people are taking the lead against Zika in the slums and favelas of Brazil, where poor sanitation has led to a proliferation of mosquito-borne illnesses, including dengue, chikungunya and Zika... Read more

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