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
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
13 April 2016
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DHARAN, Nepal – When Rita Devi Chaudhary gave birth to her first child, at age 23, a small fistula that had caused her mild discomfort since age 10 tore into a much larger injury. As a result, like many of the 2 million... Read more
23 March 2016
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CHIMALTENANGO, Guatemala – Natividad Coc believes midwives are born, not made, and she received the calling herself and started midwifery training while still a young girl. One sunny afternoon, as she makes her rounds... Read more
23 November 2015
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Nargis, a midwife, provides family planning counselling in Herat, Afghanistan. © UNFPA Afghanistan/Ahmadullah Amarkhil
HERAT, Afghanistan – "It is better to have one child rather than many, so you can give your child the support he needs and the best education you can offer," said Farzana, 37, at the family planning centre in Herat city... Read more
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
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
4 May 2015
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Abissdoum Charlotte, 26, with her 7-week-old triplets, Morouta, Nasifaté and Nasif. She is receiving post-natal and newborn care at the Cooperative Clinic of Sikecoudji, in Cotonou, Benin. © UNFPA/Ollivier Girard
COTONOU, Benin – “I have seen more and more women with child-delivery problems suffer needlessly,” said midwife Florence Djihoun, 48, at her UNFPA-supported clinic in Cotonou, Benin. Globally, complications of pregnancy... Read more
9 April 2015
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Edna Adan visits a maternal and child health center during a community outreach activity in Gumburaha. © Arthur Nazaryan/Delphin Films
HARGEISA – It was 9 p.m. when a little girl arrived in critical condition at the maternity teaching hospital in Hargeisa. She had been bleeding all day after undergoing female genital mutilation (FGM) that morning. “... Read more

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