News on Maternal health

26 September 2016
News
Nurse adviser Clementine Denagmi offers family planning counseling at a clinic run by the Benin Family Planning Association in Cotonou, Benin. © UNFPA/Ollivier Girard
UNITED NATIONS, New York/COTONOU, Benin – A coalition of reproductive health organizations is sounding the alarm over the unmet contraceptive needs of hundreds of millions of people. Lack of funding for contraceptives... Read more
21 September 2016
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Residents flee brutal violence in the Rutshuru territory of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, in 2012. Women give birth, even in wartime and disasters. © UN Photo/Sylvain Liechti
UNITED NATIONS, New York/KYESHERO, Democratic Republic of the Congo – Women do not stop giving birth when disaster strikes. Every day, about 500 women die of childbirth-related causes in humanitarian emergencies or... Read more
16 September 2016
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A midwife delivers a baby at a health facility in Juba. At UNFPA-supported health facilities in Juba's protection camps, many of the midwives are themselves displaced people. © UNFPA South Sudan/Arlene Calaguian Alano
JUBA, South Sudan – Since the July outbreak of in violence in South Sudan, UN-protected camps in the capital have seen a spike in displaced people seeking shelter. The surge has compounded demands at the camps’ already... Read more
15 September 2016
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Young members of REPROTAI, a UNFPA-supported youth organization, head to the Lobato neighbourhood of Salvador. They are raising awareness of how to prevent the spread of Zika. © UNFPA/Tatiana Almeida
BAHIA, Brazil – Young people are taking the lead against Zika in the slums and favelas of Brazil, where poor sanitation has led to a proliferation of mosquito-borne illnesses, including dengue, chikungunya and Zika... Read more
14 September 2016
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Global leaders are set to meet next week at the first-ever Summit on Migrants and Refugees. At stake are the rights, health and well-being of hundreds of millions of migrants and tens of millions of refugees. © UNFPA Jordan/Sima Diab
UNITED NATIONS, New York – As world leaders gather in New York for the United Nations General Assembly, they will set out to address some of the greatest catastrophes in a generation: grinding conflicts that have set... Read more
7 September 2016
News
Rose Matuulane, 24, with one of her children. She is able to access antenatal care, cervical cancer screening, HIV testing and family planning counselling all in the same clinic visit. © UNFPA Botswana/Nchidzi Smarts
Otse, Botswana – When Rose Matuulane was pregnant five years ago, she had to wait for a nurse to visit her small village, Otse, to provide antenatal check-ups. When the nurse could not make it, Ms. Matuulane had to... Read more
29 August 2016
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A nurse and a survivor of the Boko Haram insurgency at an antenatal check-up. UNFPA has provided the clinic, at the GGSS displacement camp, with reproductive health kits, clean delivery kits and dignity kits. © UNFPA Nigeria
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria – Zarah Bunu was just a teenager when she was forced to flee her home in north-eastern Nigeria two years ago. The steady drumbeat of fear and violence caused by the Boko Haram insurgency pushed her... Read more
19 August 2016
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Dignity kits are distributed in a camp in Amiriyat Fallujah. © Tajdid NGO
BAGHDAD, Iraq – Residents of the long-embattled city of Fallujah are accustomed to hardship. But even for this battle-tested population, life under the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) was... Read more
16 August 2016
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Women and girls have been disproportionately affected by the conflict in Yemen.  © UNFPA Yemen/Fahmia Al-Fotih
SA’ADA, Yemen – Civilian fatalities are mounting in Yemen, with some of the deadliest episodes of violence taking place in the last two months. UNFPA estimates over 400,000 pregnant women are caught in the conflict,... Read more
3 August 2016
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Dream Team do Passinho launches their hit new song, "More Rights, Less Zika" on World Population Day 2016. The song is a collaboration between the popular music group and UNFPA. © UNFPA Brazil/Tatiana Almeida
BRASÍLIA, Brazil – Funk music stars from Brazil’s favela communities are calling for people to “get together for more rights, less zika” in their newest single. The band, Dream Team do Passinho, partnered with UNFPA to... Read more

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