10 Juillet 2018
News
Family health houses are helping midwives provide reproductive health care in far-flung parts of Afghanistan. © UNFPA Afghanistan
HERAT, Afghanistan – By midnight, Khurshid, 35, was in serious trouble. Five months pregnant and bleeding heavily, she had passed out at home. Her family carried her unconscious body to the nearest – and only – health... Read more
29 Juin 2018
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Health workers rush to assist Salima Khatum at the Nayapara refugee camp maternity centre. © UNFPA  Bangladesh/Allison Joyce
NAYAPARA CAMP, COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh – The maternity centre in Nayapara Refugee camp was crowded with women and children Wednesday morning when an older woman burst into the facility with her pregnant daughter. Salima... Read more
25 Juin 2018
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Najat suffered a traumatic birth injury, and nearly died, after her in-laws refused to take her to a hospital during labour. © National Midwives Association/UNFPA
SANA’A, Yemen – Najat, a trained midwife, was well aware of the dangers of pregnancy and childbirth. But when her own health needs and professional judgment clashed with her husband’s traditional ideas, she suffered in... Read more
10 Mai 2018
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A new midwifery programme aims to elevate the profession – and save mothers. © UNFPA Nepal/Santosh Chhetri
KATHMANDU, Nepal – “I was so upset when a woman, suffering from heavy bleeding soon after giving birth, had to be rushed to a hospital – travelling six hours on a winding and bumpy road,” recalled Pramika Maharjan. “She... Read more
4 Mai 2018
News
A midwife checks on a newborn during a house call in rural Yemen. © UNFPA Yemen
Hajjah, Yemen – “When the war broke out, I left my job in the city and came to Aslam,” Rawthah Ahmed, a midwife with 25 years of experience, told UNFPA. Her services are desperately needed in Aslam, a remote village in... Read more
10 Avril 2018
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Out's pregnancy is assessed by a midwife during an antenatal home visit. © UNFPA/Ruth Carr
THAPANGTHONG, Lao People’s Democratic Republic – “Just lie still and relax. Breathe slowly,” midwife Khoun Keobouttavong told Out, 30. Out was laying on the floor of her small stilt house in the southern Thapangthong... Read more
4 Avril 2018
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La députée Hadjira Oumouri assiste au marathon comorien lors de la Journée internationale de la femme. © UNFPA Comores / Nasser Youssouf
MORONI, Comores - En tant que sage-femme, Hadjira Oumouri, 49 ans, a passé des années à défendre la santé et les droits des femmes. Aujourd'hui, elle est la deuxième femme à siéger en tant que députée aux Comores et... Read more
19 Mars 2018
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A UNFPA-supported mobile team performs an ultrasound for a pregnant woman displaced from Afrin. © UNFPA Syria/Sufian Abdulmouty
TAL REFAAT, Syria – A surge in violence in Syria’s northern Afrin region has triggered a mass displacement of the civilian population, with an estimated 98,000 people fleeing as the hostilities approached Afrin City.... Read more
9 Février 2018
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Nyomon Lilian attends to a mother and her newborn at the Juba Teaching Hospital. © UNFPA South Sudan
JUBA, South Sudan – Nyomon Lilian will never forget the day she decided to become a midwife. It was a few years ago, in her hometown of Kajo Keji, in South Sudan’s Equatoria region. She watched as her neighbour bled out... Read more
20 Novembre 2017
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Midwives attend to clients in Sindh Province. Midwifery training and support is empowering women and saving lives. © UNFPA Pakistan
TANDO MOHAMMAD KHAN/NAUSHAHARO FEROZE, Pakistan – Aashu Tresa, 32, remembers when becoming a mother was a life-or-death proposition. When she was growing up, no one in her rural village, Misree Kolhi, gave birth under... Read more

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