14 September 2017
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UNFPA staff survey the aftermath of the disaster, which has affected thousands of households. © UNFPA/Sulaiman Stephens
Regent, SIERRA LEONE – “I saw the rocks from the hill fly up into the air,” Martha Kamara, 28, told UNFPA, describing the floods and landslides that devastated 13 areas in Freetown, Sierra Leone’s capital, last month.... Read more
10 July 2017
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Aminata Kabba became pregnant at 15. She says she wishes she had known about family planning. © MSSL
PUJEHUN/BUEDU, Sierra Leone – When Aminata Kabba became pregnant last year, at 15 years old, she had no idea how difficult her life would become.  “Having a child at my age was a big mistake,” she said. Becoming a... Read more
19 June 2017
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Midwifery students listen to a fetal heartbeat. A new generation of midwives will shore up reproductive health care in Ebola-ravaged Sierra Leone. © Olivia Acland, United Nations
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone – The horrific Ebola outbreak in West Africa came to an end one year ago. The crisis left over 3,900 Sierra Leoneans dead and health systems in disarray – yet the true toll of the epidemic has... Read more
11 May 2015
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A woman and her baby rest at a UNFPA-supported health facility in Liberia. © UNFPA Liberia
MONROVIA, Liberia/UNITED NATIONS, New York – Two days ago, Liberia was declared Ebola-free, after the tragic 13-month-long outbreak saw the deaths of nearly 5,000 people. But while the outbreak is now officially over,... Read more
22 January 2015
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BAMAKO, Mali – Four days ago, Mali became the third West African country declared to be Ebola-free after the deadly outbreak penetrated its borders late last year. Health workers are now standing watch at the country’s... Read more
5 January 2015
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 Contact tracers are trained to use the CommCare app in Ratoma.
CONAKRY, Guinea – As the Ebola epidemic continues to ravage parts of West Africa, health officials are intensifying their efforts on the ground. Now included in their arsenal is a mobile phone application that promises... Read more
20 October 2014
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MONROVIA, Liberia – Thirty-six year old Comfort Fayiah, in Monrovia, Liberia, never imagined her pregnancy would end the way it did – with her giving birth on the side of the road, in a heavy downpour, to twins. The... Read more
3 October 2014
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CONAKRY/NEW YORK – Panic over the Ebola outbreak in Guinea has inflamed distrust of health officials, impeding access to critical health services. UNFPA is reaching out to journalists and community leaders to dispel... Read more
14 October 2014
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KAILAHUN/NEW YORK – As Ebola infections continue to escalate at an alarming rate in West Africa, UNFPA-trained contact tracers in Sierra Leone are playing a vital role in mitigating the public health crisis. Ebola is... Read more
26 August 2014
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MONROVIA, Liberia – Ebola has devastated health systems in Liberia, where the outbreak appears to be intensifying. UNFPA is providing protective gear to health workers and safe delivery kits to health facilities,... Read more

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