News on Maternal health

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... Lire plus
12 Juin 2018
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Women and girls celebrating after their successful fistula repair surgeries at the Aberdeen Women’s Centre in Freetown © UNFPA Sierra Leone 2018/Angelique Reid
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone – “When I became pregnant in December 2016, I never attended a health clinic,” said 19-year-old Katimu Kanneh. “I drank traditional medicines supplied to me by traditional birth attendants in the... Lire plus
11 Juin 2018
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Phu Tu Nee, 19, gave birth with a UNFPA clean delivery kit as the first tropical storm of the monsoon season descended on the camps and villages of “forgotten” Rohingya in Myanmar’s Rakhine State. © UNFPA Myanmar/Yenny Gamming
DAR PAING, Myanmar – A deadly tropical storm, the first of the 2018 monsoon season, descended on Myanmar at the end of May, tearing apart hundreds of homes along the coast. As the storm pounded on her small shelter in... Lire plus
1 Juin 2018
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Fatima now works as a health mediator at a UNFPA-supported safe space, helping other women and girls. © UNFPA Turkey
ANKARA, Turkey – Tragedy had a way of finding Fatima*. She endured brutal domestic violence during two marriages in Syria. And when the war broke out, a bomb struck her home, injuring her and killing the eldest of her... Lire plus
23 Mai 2018
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Margret Rambiki lived with obstetric fistula for 13 years. Finally, her mother learned how she could get relief. © UNFPA Malawi/Henry Chimbali
MULANJE DISTRICT, Malawi – Margret Rambiki was just a teenager, married at 14, when she nearly died in childbirth. It was 2002 in the Mulanje District of southern Malawi. A child bride, Ms. Rambiki may have been... Lire plus
22 Mai 2018
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A health worker checks on a pregnant woman during a home visit. Access to quality maternal health care, especially emergency care during childbirth, is essential to preventing obstetric fistula. © UNFPA Ethiopia/Abraham Gelaw
JIMMA, Ethiopia – After her wedding at age 20 in the Seka District of Ethiopia, Birkisa Aba Nega became pregnant. Then again, and again. Four of the five children she delivered died, and she was left with a debilitating... Lire plus
21 Mai 2018
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A medical team at Al Thawara Hospital successfully treated Shaima's obstetric fistula. © UNFPA Yemen
SANA’A, Yemen – Shaima, 20, has experienced more than her share of suffering. Displaced by conflict, she was married off at 14, then endured pregnancy after pregnancy before her body was ready. She developed devastating... Lire plus
27 Avril 2018
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Les premières pluies de mousson sont arrivées à Cox's Bazar, ravivant les craintes concernant la santé et la sécurité des réfugiés. Une réfugiée dans un camp boueux fin 2017. © UNFPA / Prince Naymuzzaman
COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh - Les premières pluies de mousson sont arrivées à Cox's Bazar, au Bangladesh, où des centaines de milliers de réfugiés Rohingya vivent dans de minces tentes de bambou et de bâche, annonçant le... Lire plus
14 Mai 2018
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Um Qassem continued her work as a midwife, even as ISIL fighters took over the hospital. © UNFPA Iraq
AL-QAIM CITY, Iraq – Um Qassem was working as a midwife in Al-Qaim City, in Iraq’s Anbar Province, when the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as Da’esh) swept into the country in mid-2014. Seemingly... Lire plus
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... Lire plus

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