News on Family planning

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
19 April 2016
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LA CEIBA, Honduras – A quiet student approaches a nondescript wooden box and casually slips in a folded piece of paper. On it is scrawled a burning question. “Can contraceptive pills cause infertility?” As the day goes... Read more
17 March 2016
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UNITED NATIONS, New York – “When I was 12-years old, my family organized a ceremony to transition my sisters and myself to become women,” says Kakenya Ntaiya, a member of Kenya’s Maasai ethnic group. “I was first... Read more
26 February 2016
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SALVADOR, Brazil – Daniela Souza Batista, age 32, was in her third month of pregnancy when she first noticed she had symptoms of Zika virus. It was late spring 2015, early in the Zika outbreak and months before the... Read more
5 January 2016
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Semira Umer, a health extension worker in northern Ethiopia, often counsels women on family planning. She says almost every married woman in the area now knows about the contraceptive options available. ©UNFPA Ethiopia/Mulugeta Ayene
Amhara Region, Ethiopia – “My heart is with him,” said Netsanet*, speaking of her husband, who has moved away to a distant town, leaving her and their son behind in a rural village in northern Ethiopia. She stayed in... 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
18 November 2015
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Seila, 16, is pregnant with her first child. She dropped out of school to work on her family's farm in Tbong Khmum Province. © UNFPA Cambodia
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia – At 16 years old, Svet is struggling with the challenges of motherhood. Having dropped out of school after grade 4, she had not received any information about sexual and reproductive health, family... Read more
13 November 2015
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Rose Yangu, a refugee from South Sudan, after safely giving birth in the Kiryandongo refugee settlement in Uganda. UNFPA supports safe deliveries in emergency situations. © UNFPA/Eveyln Kiapi
UNITED NATIONS, New York – Updated figures released by the United Nations yesterday revealed that the global maternal death ratio has dropped 44 per cent since 1990. Yet too many women continue to die needlessly, and a... Read more
29 October 2015
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Too many young people in the Republic of Moldova lack access to sexual and reproductive health information. Tudor and other youth advocates are working the change that. © UNFPA Moldova
CHISINAU, the Republic of Moldova – “It is not easy at all for me to live alone,” Tudor told UNFPA. He has been living by himself since he was 13 years old, when the last of his family members moved abroad to work. His... Read more
23 October 2015
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Over the last 70 years, there has been remarkable progress in sexual and reproductive health. Women learn about family planning at a clinic in Tunisia in 1987. © UN Photo/John Isaac
UNITED NATIONS, New York – The United Nations was founded 70 years ago. In that time, the world has seen enormous advances in sexual and reproductive health. Health care and family planning have saved countless lives... Read more

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