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2 August 2017
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Expert midwife Tahira Nazari provides support to health workers at the Midwifery Helpline in Afghanistan. © UNFPA Afghanistan/Ahmadullah Amarkhil
“It was seven in the morning, and I had not yet started my working day, when Hafsa* was brought to the clinic with normal labour pains,” said Mahbooba, a midwife in Afghanistan. Everything seemed fine until the new... Read more
31 July 2017
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Midwife Nan Win Phyu at the Nam Khoke Rural Health Centre uses a family planning wheel to explain contraceptive options. © UNFPA Myanmar/Si Thu Soe Moe
Nan Aye Aye Lwin walked for three hours to reach the Nam Khoke Rural Health Centre. When she arrived, in the late afternoon, the anxiety was apparent on her face. She has two children, she told the clinic’s midwife,... Read more
28 July 2017
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Women participate in a community discussion about ending practices that are harmful to women and girls. In this session, they are talking about child marriage. © UNFPA Ethiopia/Meron Negash
Three times, Abebech Kabla has given birth alone in the woods. Each time, she thought she might die. The first time, she was only 13 years old, a year into her marriage. “Even after giving birth, I didn't go back... Read more
26 July 2017
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Ruqayya and her newborn recover at the Pan-Armenian Charity clinic, outside the Al-Areesheh displacement camp in north-eastern Syria. © UNFPA Syria
Ruqayya was pregnant when she fled the embattled city of Deir ez-Zor, in north-eastern Syria, with her husband and two young children. The family took refuge in Al-Areesheh camp, in Al-Hasakah Governorate – but Ruqayya’... Read more
21 July 2017
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Dr. Farea at 22 May Hospital, in Sana’a, checks in on Ibtisam, a pregnant woman with cholera. © UNFPA Yemen
The cholera outbreak in Yemen is spreading at an unprecedented rate, with suspected cases of acute, watery diarrhoea increasing by an average of 5,000 every day, and nearly one person dying every hour, according... Read more
20 July 2017
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A pilot programme is working to stop the cycle of violence in Cambodia, where half of women and a quarter of men say wife beating can be justified. © UNFPA Cambodia/Sophanara Pen
Women in Cambodia’s Kampong Cham Province are no strangers to violence. A staggering 33 per cent of women in the province have experienced physical violence since age 15, a 2014 survey revealed . Statistics for the... Read more
18 July 2017
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Edith Nambalirwa is reaching other youth with her entrepreneurial spirit and knowledge of sexual and reproductive health. © UNFPA ESARO/Corrie Butler
Today, the world faces daunting challenges, from persistent poverty to entrenched inequalities. Yet one key solution is just over the horizon, if countries and leaders take action now.
14 July 2017
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A young woman at a fistula-repair campaign in Batouri, Cameroon. Obstetric fistula is a life-altering childbirth injury that afflicts the world's most marginalized women. But it can be repaired – and prevented. © UNFPA Cameroon/Olive Bonga
Amina was married when she was just a child . Soon after, she became pregnant, and, at only 13 years old, she went into labour. As is the case with many girls her age, Amina’s body was not mature enough to bear a child... Read more
14 July 2017
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Kate and Samuel Opio with their twins at Inomo Health Centre III, in Uganda's Apac District. They now plan to use a modern contraceptive method. © UNFPA/Prossy Jonker Nakanjako
Kate Opio, 33, was buoyant, cuddling one of her newborn twins in the maternity ward at Inomo health centre, in Uganda’s Apac District. The other twin slept peacefully beside them. But this lovely moment, Ms. Opio’s... Read more
11 July 2017
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Anjana rests with her newborn baby in Moulvibazar, Bangladesh. Both mother and baby survived an obstructed labour, thanks to the intervention of a midwife. © CIPRB/Animesh Biswas
When labour pains started for Anjana, 20, she had no idea her life was at stake. She was 36 weeks into her first pregnancy, and felt contractions for a full day before her family called for the midwife. By then, she was... Read more

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