News on Maternal health

28 Febrero 2017
Aisha Tiro Bahero nearly died from pregnancy-related complications at her home on a tropical island off the coast of Kenya. © UNFPA/Douglas Waudo
LAMU, Keyna – Aisha Tiro Bahero, 30, knows what it means to stare death in the face. Three years ago, while pregnant with her fifth child, she began to haemorrhage dangerously. “I couldn’t stop the bleeding. No one... Read more
16 Febrero 2017
Families, including pregnant women, children, and disabled and elderly people, have fled shelling and airstrikes in northern Myanmar’s Kachin State. © Metta Development Foundation
KACHIN STATE, Myanmar – Since the armed conflict in northern Myanmar’s Kachin State intensified in December, nearly 7,000 people have fled the area, often amid shelling and airstrikes. Among the people on the run are... Read more
26 Enero 2017
“The mobile clinic doctor and midwife have given me the confidence to give birth in the hospital, rather than at home," Ei Ngae told UNFPA. © UNFPA/Yenny Gamming
WAINGMAW, Myanmar – When Dr. Kyaw Linn Htun arrived at Thar Ga Ya, a camp for displaced people, almost 20 women were already lined up to see him. The women had all been displaced from their homes when the armed conflict... Read more
20 Enero 2017
The outreach campaign provided antenatal care, postpartum services, family planning counselling and many other services. © UNFPA Somalia
MORODIJEEX – It was early morning when a young sheikh, Abdi Iidan, and his wife joined the long queue leading to a tent in Morodijeex, in north-western Somalia. Mr. Iidan stood out from the crowd; women dominated the... Read more
20 Enero 2017
After attending the ourtreach session, Kem Lean, 16, decided to receive antenatal care and give birth in a health facility. © UNFPA Cambodia/Monika Mey
PREAH VIHEAR, Cambodia – “I still remember when my neighbour experienced complications during delivery. She passed away on the way to the referral hospital. It was terrifying,” 16-year-old Kem Lean told UNFPA in the... Read more
18 Enero 2017
UNFPA is working to restore access to reproductive health care for about 4.5 million crisis-affected people in Nigeria. UNFPA is also supporting safe spaces for women and girls. © UNFPA Nigeria
ABUJA, Nigeria – A brutal attack by Boko Haram forced Zainab Abubakar, 28, and her six children to flee their home in northern Nigeria. “I was one month pregnant when I left Gamboru Ngala,” Ms. Abubakar told UNFPA from... Read more
13 Enero 2017
UNFPA, with its partner the Syrian Arab Red Crescent, distributes hygiene kits in Aleppo during a recent assessment mission. © UNFPA Syria
ALEPPO, Syria – Women’s health, hygiene and protection needs are staggering in the bomb-scarred city of Aleppo, UNFPA observers reported following a United Nations interagency needs assessment conducted from 1 to 12... Read more
12 Enero 2017
After Flora and Patrick Anduga fled the bloody conflict in South Sudan, they learned about basic maternal health and reproductive health care – information they are eager to share. © ACORD
ADJUMANI DISTRICT, Uganda – Things looked bad for the family of Flora and Patrick Anduga in war-ravaged South Sudan. The couple increasingly feared for the safety and welfare of their two children – and the baby they... Read more
14 Diciembre 2016
These 10 New Year's resolutions are inspired by real people who are making positive, lasting change. Based on photo by UNFPA Zimbabwe/Nikita Little
UNITED NATIONS, New York – Tragedies have been dominating the headlines. War and persecution achieved a terrible new milestone this year: More people are displaced from their homes than ever before in human history, the... Read more
7 Diciembre 2016
Gebreamlak Giday teaches women about maintaining a healthy pregnancy, using a portable, solar-charged learning device. © UNFPA/Abraham Gelaw
AXUM, Ethiopia – Thirty pregnant women at the Almeda Textile Factory Clinic gathered around a small solar-powered projector, raptly watching an animation on pregnancy health. Gebreamlak Giday walked them through the... Read more