22 May 2020
News
A health facility in Tanzania’s Simiyu region, which was renovated through a two-year programme supported by UNFPA with funding from KOICA. © UNFPA Tanzania/Karlien Truyens
BARIADI, United Republic of Tanzania – Midwife Nuriat Koku Mtumbi remembers the day in March well: “It was raining heavily and Adimu* had delivered her baby on her way to our facility. “She was shielding herself under a... Read more
22 May 2020
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A woman recovers from fistula treatment sugery in Yemen. Obstetric fistula almost entirely preventable; its persistence is a sign of global social injustice. © UNFPA Yemen
AL HUDAYDAH, Yemen – Five years ago, Marwa* was a child bride living in the port city of Al Hudaydah. “I was almost 17 years old, and happy with my new life. I was a new bride and I got pregnant fast. I thought life was... Read more
21 May 2020
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A counsellor delivers services via online platform. Image courtesy of Ternovyy Viktor
KYIV, Ukraine – Oleksandra’s* ex-husband was waging a quiet war against her, she says, one that escalated under quarantine. She lives in the same apartment as her ex-husband and their two children. Sharing that space... Read more
19 May 2020
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A woman at a safe space in Raymah sews face masks for her community. © RHDH/UNFPA
SANA’A, Yemen – With more than 130 confirmed cases  of COVID-19, Yemen is struggling to keep the full impact of the pandemic at bay, even as funds for life-sustaining health services are running out. The country's... Read more
15 May 2020
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Horihanny Del Valle, a pregnant migrant from Venezuela, has learned how to protect herself from COVID-19. © UNFPA Brazil
CARACAS, Venezuela/PACARAIMA, Brazil – News of the COVID-19 pandemic had not reached Horihanny Del Valle, a pregnant 16-year-old migrant from Venezuela, until a few weeks ago, when she heard about the coronavirus from... Read more
14 May 2020
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When Maisarjaha Khatun went into labour, her family spent hours trying to find transport to emergency obstetric care. Image courtesy of Jiyaul Hak
KATHMANDU, Nepal – In far-western Nepal, Dhana Bhatt is waiting out the last weeks of her pregnancy, a time that should be joyful. But her anticipation has turned into anxiety as Nepal grapples with the global COVID-19... Read more
11 May 2020
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Members of the Garífuna community are making their own cloth masks to limit the spread of COVID-19. They are also turning to traditional foods and medicines. © UNFPA Honduras
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras – As countries grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, indigenous and Afro-descendant communities are among the most vulnerable, with many facing poverty, poor health-care access and limited... Read more
8 May 2020
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A woman and her newborn at a UNFPA-supported health centre. More than 100 health facilities are at risk of closing. © UNFPA Yemen
SANA’A, Yemen – On 10 April, Yemen announced its first laboratory-confirmed case of COVID-19. Since then, 34 more cases and 7 deaths have been reported. Health workers, already stretched to the limit by five years of... Read more
8 May 2020
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Aina attends a prenatal consultation with midwife Bakoly Rasoamanontany at Itaosy District Hospital of Reference. © UNFPA Madagascar/Hantanirina Andremanisa
ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar – Aina, 24, is in the last month of her pregnancy. This alone would be reason for some anxiety. “As it’s [my] first time, I’m worried,” Aina told UNFPA. But with the country’s partial lockdown,... Read more
5 May 2020
News
UNFPA-supported mobile service units are helping residents of Turkey's tent settlements implement infection control measures. © UNFPA Turkey/Esma Yılmaz
MERSIN, Turkey – Meryem, a Syrian refugee living in a tent settlement in southern Turkey, says her family struggles to maintain their health under even normal circumstances. Now, with more than 127,000 cases of COVID-19... Read more

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