16 September 2019
News
Doctors, nurses and midwives celebrate with Anna Bondo as she leaves the Neonatal Unit with her daughter Dorcas. © UNFPA Liberia
KAKATA, Liberia – Out of nine pregnancies, Anna Bondo had suffered seven stillbirths, each one a crushing heartbreak. Every loss came as a result of premature labour, the 43-year-old told UNFPA. Last month, pregnant for... Read more
6 September 2019
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Om Asma and her baby survived thanks to a Caesarean section delivery at one of the few UNFPA-supported hospitals still open in Yemen. © UNFPA Yemen
SANA’A, Yemen/UNITED NATIONS, New York – Om Asma’s most recent pregnancy could have killed her. She already had a baby at home, and her body felt depleted. “I became pregnant immediately after the birth of my last child... Read more
4 September 2019
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A displacement camp in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced by crises within the country. © UNFPA DRC
ITURI PROVINCE, Democratic Republic of the Congo – Several weeks ago, a woman brought her 11-year-old daughter, Anne*, to a UNFPA-supported health facility. Their family had been uprooted by the conflict in Ituri... Read more
3 September 2019
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The ambulance, provided in 2011, has eased the cost and difficulty of receiving emergency maternal and paediatric care. © UNFPA/Nasser Youssouf
OUZIOINI, Comoros – Who has not heard the horn of the Ouzioini ambulance? Up to five times a week, the vehicle ferries women and children some 50 kilometres from the rural Ouzioini District to the capital, Moroni, for... Read more
29 August 2019
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Dr. Samama speaks to Ms. Tugay at a local clinic in conflict-affected Maguindanao, Philippines. © UNFPA Philippines/Kim Ian Tiu
Maguindanao, Philippines – Suraida Taguy, 30, was nine months pregnant in July, when conflict displaced her and her family from their village in Maguindanao Province in the southern Philippines. When she went into... Read more
27 August 2019
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A midwife performs an antenatal check up during a mobile health team visit in Nangarhar Province. © UNFPA Afghanistan
NANGARHAR, Afghanistan – Raihana Bibi is a 30-year-old mother of four children – one boy and three girls. Their family returned to Afghanistan from Pakistan and settled in Nangarhar Province about two years ago. They... Read more
26 August 2019
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UNFPA is supporting workshops to train health workers on sexual and reproductive health issues. © UNFPA Venezuela
CARACAS, Venezuela – The economic and political crisis in Venezuela has led around 4.2 million people to exit the country in the last three years. Those left behind – especially people living in the interior of the... Read more
16 August 2019
News
Police Officer Chrestine Espinorio, Dr. Nadhira Abdulcarim and social worker Umme Limbona work together to support survivors of violence at a hospital-based crisis centre. © UNFPA Philippines/Mario Villamor
MARAWI CITY, Philippines – In May 2017, 26-year-old Umme Limbona, found herself trapped inside the Amai Pakpak Medical Center in Marawi City. The city had been seized by a local armed group inspired by the Islamic State... Read more
2 August 2019
News
Trik Dulene (sitting) with friends in the Kologe II displacement camp. She teaches women about family planning. © UNFPA Ethiopia
UNITED NATIONS, New York/SOMALI REGION, Ethiopia – Trik Dulene knows all about bullying and coercion when it comes to a woman’s reproductive choices.  Although she and her husband agreed to use family planning after... Read more
24 July 2019
News
Women UN leaders meet with female leaders and advocates in Kabul, Afghanistan. Women's voices must be heard, they emphasized. © Fardin Waezi / UNAMA
Kabul, Afghanistan/UNITED NATIONS, New York – UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem joined a high-level delegation of women UN leaders on an intensive two-day “solidarity mission” to Afghanistan to highlight the... Read more

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