News on Maternal health

28 June 2016
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Tens of thousands of people have been displaced following attacks by Boko Haram. UNFPA estimates 3,000 displaced women and girls are pregnant and in urgent need of assistance. © UNFPA
DIFFA, Niger/UNITED NATIONS, New York – Tens of thousands of people have been forced to flee south-eastern Niger following an attack by Boko Haram militants in early June. UNFPA estimates some 3,000 pregnant girls and... Read more
20 June 2016
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Women work together on a building project in the Central African Republic. "Ita Ouali" means "my best friend." © UNFPA
BANGUI, Central African Republic – Mathilde learned she was pregnant under the direst of circumstances: in a displacement camp in the war-ravaged Central African Republic, where she was struggling to support herself... Read more
13 June 2016
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QUNEITRA, Syria – As the explosions of an aerial attack on Syria’s Quneitra governorate rained down around her, teenaged Batool struggled through her first childbirth, to twins – without access to a health care facility... Read more
10 June 2016
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Carolyn Akello became a midwife after attending the funeral of a woman who died in childbirth. Midwives like Ms. Akello are working to end preventable maternal deaths in Uganda. © UNFPA
KARAMOJA, Uganda – A funeral changed Carolyn Akello’s life forever. “A young woman had died while giving birth at home,” she explained. “’If this mother had delivered in the presence of a midwife, she wouldn’t have died... Read more
7 June 2016
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Noorjahan laughs as she recovers from fistula surgery in Malalai Hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan. Now, she says, "I can live." © Andrea Bruce/ NOOR
KABUL, Afghanistan – For 49 years, a traumatic childbirth injury left Noorjahan living in the shadows. A prolonged, obstructed labour, and lack of emergency maternal health care, left her with an obstetric fistula – a... Read more
27 May 2016
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MANABI, Ecuador – After her home was destroyed on 16 April, by the first, and largest, of the three devastating earthquakes to hit Ecuador in the span of one month, Jeanette Reyes, age 29, couldn’t take long to mourn... Read more
23 May 2016
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UNITED NATIONS, New York – The world is currently facing its worst refugee crisis since the Second World War, due to conflicts, persecutions and natural disasters intensified by climate change. And tens of millions... Read more
16 May 2016
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BALAKOH, Afghanistan – It was midnight in the remote Afghan village of Balakoh, and 37-year-old Zainab was entering her tenth hour of labour in her mountainside home. With no skilled birth attendant present and her pain... Read more
5 May 2016
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LOWER SHABELLE, Somalia – Nine years ago, Maymuun Abdullahi Nur’s mother died giving birth to her eighth child, during a delivery attended only by an untrained traditional birth attendant. Just 13 at the time, Maymuun... Read more
3 May 2016
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OBOCK, Djibouti – Four months pregnant and living amidst constant shelling and airstrikes, Jamila decided she had to flee her home in Taizz City, Yemen. “To leave everything behind and flee, not only for your own life,... Read more

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