News on Maternal health

24 November 2017
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UNFPA is distributing essential hygiene supplies to women and girls displaced by the earthquake. Photo courtesy of Civil Development International
ERBIL, Iraq – In the aftermath of the powerful earthquake that struck the Iraq-Iran border on 12 November, UNFPA has scaled up its emergency response to meet the needs of women and girls. The 7.3 magnitude earthquake... Read more
16 November 2017
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Women and girls are waiting for a fistula repair at Maiduguri’s State Specialist Hospital © Anne Wittenberg/UNFPA
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria – “One week after I delivered my second child, I realized that there was an issue,” Aisha told UNFPA from her hospital bed in Maiduguri, in north-east Nigeria. She had developed an obstetric fistula,... Read more
8 November 2017
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Romam Pchuek reaches out to pregnant women in Ratanakiri, encouraging them to seek appropriate care. © UNFPA/ Matthew Taylor
RATANAKIRI, Cambodia – In the remote farming village of Sakreang, in Cambodia’s far north-east, Romam Pcheuk visits pregnant women in their homes. “I keep my eye on the girls who are pale, and those that get pregnant... Read more
7 November 2017
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UNFPA works with youth groups to provide sexual and reproductive health information and services. A UNFPA-supported HIV screening for young people in Moroni. © UNFPA Comoros
MORONI, Comoros – Sara* was 17 when she found out she was pregnant. Living in a rural village in the Comoros, she carried the entire pregnancy in secret, and then gave birth in a hospital bathroom. “Our society does not... Read more
2 November 2017
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Anya Shevko with her daughter Nastya. The family struggled to obtain wheelchair-accessible reproductive health services. Photographed by Denis Zelenko for Imena  Magazine
MOZYR, Belarus – When Anya Shevko, 29, became pregnant, she had to weigh herself at a recycling centre because the local maternity clinic did not have suitable scales. Even visiting the clinic was difficult because Anya... Read more
27 October 2017
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Mothers share their stories with a UNFPA staff at Ulakan Camp. © UNFPA Indonesia/Nun Sol Jang
ULAKAN CAMP, Indonesia – Escalating volcanic activity at Mount Agung in Bali prompted Indonesian authorities to issue an SOS alert, the highest-level warning, on 22 September. Currently, over 133,000 people are still... Read more
23 October 2017
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Natalia dropped out of school after becoming pregnant. © UNFPA/Ruth Carr
AILEU, Timor-Leste – “I knew a little bit about how a baby is made, but not too much,” said Natalia, 19, in the Aileu district in the rocky highlands of Timor-Leste. Her 1-year-old daughter, Afeena, was sleeping nearby... Read more
20 October 2017
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Horrific accounts of rape and other forms of sexual violence have been widely reported. © UNFPA Bangladesh/Naymuzzaman Prince
COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh – “My sister was killed after gang rape in front of me, and they threw hot water on my body,” Fatima*, 30, told a case worker at a UNFPA-supported women-friendly space in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh... Read more
16 October 2017
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Around the world, vast inequalities have trapped people in a cycle of poverty and marginalization. © Andrea Bruce/Noor
UNITED NATIONS, New York – Vast inequalities threaten economies, communities and nations, says The State of World Population 2017, UNFPA’s flagship report, released today. Yet these inequalities are not simply a matter... Read more
4 October 2017
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Women affected by the Marawi crisis share their experiences at a UNFPA’ women-friendly space in Barangay Bubong, Saguiaran. © UNFPA Philippines
PAWAK, Philippines – Jamela Sani stood before a group of girls and new mothers, explaining that violence against women is an abuse – and that help is available. They were gathered in a tent in Pawak, a village about... Read more

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