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Flooding, mudslides leave communities devastated, pregnant women in need

“I saw the rocks from the hill fly up into the air,” Martha Kamara, 28, told UNFPA, describing the floods and landslides that devastated 13 areas in Freetown, Sierra Leone’s capital, last month.

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Mientras refugiados rohingya llegan a Bangladesh, UNFPA despliega parteras y establece espacios seguros

Un flujo "sin precedentes" de refugiados rohingyas llegan a Bangladesh, con un número estimado de 370.000 que han cruzado la frontera desde el 25 de agosto para escapar de la última violencia en el estado de...

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UNFPA responde a necesidades de mujeres y adolescentes desplazadas de Barbuda

El Huracán Irma, una de las tormentas más poderosas que se ha registrado, ha destruido casi todas las facilidades críticas en Barbuda, forzando la evacuación de toda su población a Antigua.

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Escape at dawn: running away from child marriage and FGM in Kenya

I woke up one morning, and my father told me that we were poor and needed money,” said Faith Kiraison, describing the moment she learned she was engaged. She was 11 years old at the time. Her father explained that an...

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“I decide for myself”: South Sudanese woman shows the power of knowledge

RUMBEK, South Sudan – Elizabeth Ayumpou Balang is a teacher at a nursery and primary school in Rumbek, a town in central South Sudan. It is her dream job, but it did not come easily. Like many girls in South Sudan, Ms....

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Violence, fear limit access to pregnancy care in Democratic Republic of Congo's Kasai area

Jacqueline Lusambo is 18 and pregnant, and has spent the last six months living in the bush, hiding from the conflict that rages through Kasai Central, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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Alarming shortage of health personnel in conflict-affected Nigeria

Retired but not tired. This is how people describe Hauwa Lassa, a nurse and midwife who came out of retirement to care for women and girls affected by the conflict in north-eastern Nigeria. “I have been working in the...

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Nepal floods put pregnant women and new mothers at risk

Devastating floods have caused widespread displacement and destruction in southern Nepal, a disaster that has put pregnant women, post-partum mothers and other vulnerable women and girls at serious risk.

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Men in rural Ethiopia show that family planning is not just a women’s issue

Sileshi Deguale said it was last year that he made the biggest decision of his life, a choice that would help his wife regain her health by protecting her from unplanned pregnancies – he got a vasectomy.

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