30 July 2020
News
Margaret Thwala-Tembe wears a protective gown, hair covering and face mask as she holds a newborn baby.
MBABANE, Eswatini – Once a month, Nolwazi Myeni receives a message on her mobile phone notifying her that family planning services are available despite the pandemic-related lockdown. “I felt very encouraged to be... Read more
28 July 2020
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Health personnel in personal protective equipment accept a SALAMA kit, a pink plastic tub containing COVID-19 prevention supplies.
RABAT, Morocco – When the COVID-19 pandemic arrived in Morocco in March, alarm spread through the country. “At the start of the pandemic, we were very worried about our health,” Halima*, a migrant woman from Madagascar... Read more
20 July 2020
News
UNITED NATIONS, New York/KATETE, Zambia/OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso – “As a female traditional leader, my aim is to be a role model within my chiefdom. I want to ensure that we collectively challenge social and... Read more
17 July 2020
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Drivers wearing the orange uniform of the SafeBoda company pose on their motorcycles while holding up mobile phones.
KAMPALA, Uganda – When Betty Nagadya walks through the trading centre on her way home, she sings a song in the local Luganda language: “SafeBoda, SafeBoda, who needs a helmet?” she sings. “For those who feel cold, I... Read more
16 July 2020
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Mayada Reda looks lovingly at her newborn son, Mohamed.
CAIRO, Egypt – As soon as she started her ninth month of pregnancy, Mayada Reda started coughing and feeling feverish. Then she lost her sense of taste and smell. “I texted my doctor and I explained to her how I was... Read more
9 July 2020
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Advocates wearing protective gear, including face masks and gloves, hold packages of supplies for distribution to people in need.
BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan – Alina* has faced a lifetime of challenges all too familiar to other transgender people. And she says those difficulties have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Alina was young when she... Read more
1 July 2020
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An embroidered fabric shows a drum accompanied with the text, "beat drums, not women."
BENTIU, South Sudan – Since the COVID-19 pandemic arrived in South Sudan in April, more than 2,000 cases of the illness have been recorded. Tensions are rising within families and communities, leaving women and girls... Read more
29 June 2020
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A midwife holds up a flip chart showing a family as she speaks about family planning to a room of women.
GODOMEY, Benin/ASSAHOUN, Togo/CONAKRY, Guinea – As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread, health workers in several West African countries say it has been challenging to prevent the spread of the virus while... Read more
25 June 2020
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Young people wearing protective gear pose in front of donated supplies for hygiene kits.
CAIRO, Egypt – “Every morning we meet with the intention of packing as many kits as we can, to be delivered to the health workers who are working hard to protect us,” 22-year-old Ammar told UNFPA. Ammar is a volunteer... Read more
23 June 2020
News
Kabita Bhandari, wearing a face mask, stands apart from a group of men to whom she is speaking about family planning. The men are wearing masks. They are standing outside, under a terraced mountain.
KATHMANDU, Nepal – When Kabita Bhandari arrived at a COVID-19 quarantine centre in Baitadi District, in far-western Nepal, residents thought she was bringing food. They soon realized she was delivering another kind of... Read more

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