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28 July 2015
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Mary Acon's son became gravely ill when they fled South Sudan in January 2014. Today, she plans to become a health worker. Family planning is helping her pursue this goal. © UNFPA/Eveyln Kiapi
Casting convention to the wind, two brave South Sudanese refugees are speaking frankly about their decision to use family planning. After surviving conflict and enduring a perilous journey to Uganda, they are unwilling... Read more
27 July 2015
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Fatima at the Zaatari women’s centre where she volunteers as an art instructor. As a disabled child, she had to overcome stigma and isolation. She faced the same challenges again as a refugee. © UNFPA
Four decades ago in Syria, a medical mistake left Fatima deaf, but with hard work, her family learned sign language and helped her discover a talent for art. Then, three years ago, Fatima was forced to flee the violence... Read more
23 July 2015
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"I felt I had a responsibility to the earthquake survivors,” said Janak BK, here with another young responder and earthquake survivors in Sindhuli District. © UNFPA Nepal
Out of the catastrophic Nepal earthquake, a new kind of hero emerged – young humanitarian responders. Working with UNFPA, they have proved essential to relief efforts.
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
It was no ordinary fair. In the village square of Ahua Village, in rural Côte d’Ivoire, midwives and health workers provided pregnancy and HIV testing, cervical cancer screenings, family planning counselling, and free... Read more
16 July 2015
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Displaced families share an Iftar meal at the women's centre in Saad Camp. © UNFPA/Eman Al Qoloub WCC /Rusul Abdul Kareem
More than three million people have been displaced by the violence engulfing Iraq. Iraqi families are now observing the holy month of Ramadan – many from tents or trailers, in unfamiliar surroundings.
15 July 2015
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Netball athletes show their skills during a rally at Manchester High School in Jamaica. A UNFPA-supported programme is showing young people how to apply their skills to making healthy choices. © UNFPA SROC
Sports offer a valuable avenue for reaching young people with messages about making healthy choices. In Jamaica, UNFPA has partnered with Netball Jamaica to teach adolescents about sexual and reproductive health, human... Read more
14 July 2015
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Belaynesh Sema and her newborn, Gize Melak, at the Finote Selam District Hospital after an emergency Caesarean section delivery. © UNFPA/Mulugeta Ayene
But its humble appearance, this hospital is a game changer. Without expensive upgrades or expansions, it has dramatically increased the care it provides to pregnant women – and the lives it saves.
10 July 2015
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Sarita Tamang, 25, was nine months pregnant when her house collapsed around here. Women like Ms. Tamang have specific health needs that can be overlooked in emergencies. © UNFPA Nepal
Sarita Tamang was nine months pregnant when she was buried alive by the devastating earthquake in Nepal. This World Population Day highlights the needs of vulnerable populations in emergencies, including pregnant women.
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
Montas spent the first months of her pregnancy at sea, adrift. Crowded onto a boat with hundreds of other migrants, she had set out to find a better life, but ended up more desperate than ever when the captain abandoned... Read more
6 July 2015
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Mousomi Rani and her baby, Joni, receive postnatal 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
A clinic in rural north-western Bangladesh is helping to change minds about maternal health care – and is saving lives in the process.

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