News on Midwifery

16 October 2015
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In Kelo, Chad, Dr. Youssifou Savadogo shows a class of nurses and midwives how to identify and address labour complications. © UNFPA/Ollivier Girard
/unfpa-suppliesKELO, Chad – Fifteen nurses and midwives sit in a spacious classroom in Kelo, in southern Chad. In the corner is a makeshift delivery room, where pregnant mannequins wait in various stages of labour.... Read more
14 October 2015
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Asiya, a former circumciser, now urges community members to abandon FGM. © UNFPA Ethiopia
AFAMBO, Ethiopia – Asiya Hamed spent much of her life performing female genital mutilation (FGM) on girls in her community. She cannot remember how many girls she has cut, but she knows what the consequences have been... Read more
16 September 2015
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Midwife Chanduong Rotha speaks to So Pumngea about family planning at the Orrusei Health Center in Kratie Province. Ms. So says family planning is an important way to help her family emerge from poverty. © Nicolas Axelrod/Ruom for UNFPA
The 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly is currently underway in New York. This meeting of the world's leaders will see the adoption of a new set of global goals – the Sustainable Development Goals –... Read more
21 July 2015
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Patricia, 23, arrived at the fair knowing very little about contraception. But she was intrigued. "I do not want to have more children now because I do not have the means to support them," she said. © UNFPA WCARO
AHUA, Côte d’Ivoire – As the crowds poured into the fairground in Ahua Village, in rural Côte d’Ivoire, it was clear that this would not be an ordinary festival. Instead of games and prizes, the village square was... Read more
9 July 2015
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Refugees at a temporary shelter in Aceh, Indonesia. They are part of a group of migrants who spent months on a boat, adrift at sea. © UNFPA Indonesia/Sandra Siagian
KUALA CANGKOI, Indonesia – Montas spent the first months of her pregnancy at sea, crowded onto a boat with hundreds of other migrants. The passengers had set out to find a better life – perhaps in Malaysia or Australia... Read more
6 July 2015
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Mousomi Rani and her baby, Joni, receive post-natal care at the local clinic. Health staff are working to help community members abandon harmful practices and embrace modern maternal care. © Nicolas Axelrod/Ruom for UNFPA
CHANTI HAZRADANGA, Bangladesh – Traditions run deep in the indigenous communities of north-western Bangladesh, where many people are reluctant to seek professional medical care during or after pregnancy. But a clinic in... Read more
25 June 2015
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Too many refugees lack access to adequate health care. Isra'a lost her newborn son when she could not pay for neonatal care. © UNFPA/David Brunetti
EL NABATIEH, Lebanon/DEIR ALLA, Jordan – More than four years after conflict erupted in Syria, the chaos has resulted in one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world. Millions of people have been affected, yet... Read more
22 June 2015
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Senior midwife Yan Yan Phearen gives an antenatal exam to Net Pheak at the Waiting House for Pregnant Women with Complications, in Kratie, Cambodia. © Nicolas Axelrod/Ruom for UNFPA
KRATIE PROVINCE, Cambodia – When pregnant women need emergency care in Cambodia’s rural Kratie Province, help is often out of reach. The 11,000 square km province is served by just one major highway. It is also split in... Read more
19 June 2015
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Altanchimeg, a midwife, delivers a baby in Ulaanbataar, the capital. She provides expert advice to provincial hospitals around Mongolia through the Telemedicine Network. © UNFPA Mongolia/Tim Jenkins
ULAANBAATAR, Mongolia – Not long ago, 22-year-old Enkhtsetseg would have had to travel for nearly two days to reach treatment for serious pregnancy complications. Maternal health specialists were available only in... Read more
17 June 2015
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Midwife Chris Kwikiriza gives a dignity kit, containing hygiene supplies, to a mother and her newborn at Biira Health Centre, near the Boroli refugee settlement. Despite widespread reluctance to use health facilities and male midwives, Mr. Kwikirize has become one of the most trusted midwives in the area. © UNFPA/Evelyn Kiapi
ADJUMANI, Uganda – Twenty-five-year-old Chris Kwikiriza has beat the odds. A midwife in the Boroli refugee settlement, in Uganda’s Adjumani District, he is helping pregnant women overcome their fears of giving birth in... Read more

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