News on Maternal health

28 November 2016
News
The hospital in Beaumont was completely destroyed by Hurricane Matthew. Midwives have been deployed to serve women in areas where health systems have been devastated. © UNFPA/Eddie Wright
BEAUMONT, Haiti – "I was twisting in pain this Friday,” 31-year-old Emmanuella Jeanty told UNFPA, describing her labour pains. She was in Beaumont, a town in southwest Haiti where Hurricane Matthew had left a trail of... Read more
23 November 2016
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Hauwa gave birth to her son while escaping Boko Haram. Now, they are receiving health and counselling services at a rehabilitation centre in Maiduguri. © UNFPA Nigeria/Kori Habib
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria – “It was during the quiet hours, about 8:30pm, that Boko Haram came,” 15-year-old Goggoji told UNFPA. “I could see fire as houses were burnt.” She and her mother were captured by the militant group... Read more
14 November 2016
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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
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, Haïti – Le soir où l’ouragan Matthew a frappé Haïti, Marie-Lynette Casimir, 46 ans, était la seule sage-femme de service à la maternité de l’hôpital Saint-Antoine de Jérémie. Ce serait le seul bâtiment de l’... 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
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

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