16 September 2020
News
Houses are submerged in floodwaters in Bihar State.
BIHAR, India – Life has come to a standstill in much of India’s Bihar State as a ferocious monsoon season coincides with the COVID-19 pandemic. Coronavirus cases continue to climb, even as the floods affect millions... Read more
14 September 2020
News
Midwife Sajia Mansoory wears protective gear, including a face mask, face shield, gloves and protective gown, as she attends to a newborn.
KABUL, Afghanistan – “When I returned home from work, I had to isolate myself,” described Suhaila Sadat, a midwife at the Malalai Maternity Hospital in Afghanistan. “My parents were worried about me because I interact... Read more
10 September 2020
News
Midwife Rotna provides care to MInara's newborn baby at a UNFPA-supported health centre.
COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh – The 25th of August marked a tragic anniversary: three years since the mass influx of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees into Bangladesh from neighbouring Myanmar. Today, there are... Read more
10 September 2020
News
Women in face masks carry UNFPA dignity kits.
BEIRUT, Lebanon – A month after the Beirut Port explosion, life remains uncertain for thousands of women and girls. Among the displaced are an estimated 84,000 women and girls of reproductive age. UNFPA is working with... Read more
3 September 2020
News
A midwife fills out medical records for a group of women and children.
BADAKHSHAN, Afghanistan – It has been a harrowing year for women and girls in Afghanistan. In the first quarter of 2020, just as the COVID-19 pandemic was just reaching Afghanistan, flash floods were causing mass... Read more
25 August 2020
News
Beirut residents receive support from a mobile medical unit run by Amel Association, with support from UNFPA.
BEIRUT, Lebanon – Weeks after a horrific explosion devastated the Lebanese capital, Beirut, views of smouldering wreckage are being steadily replaced by scenes of collective action. Community members and partner... Read more
17 August 2020
News
Women make face masks in a safe space in Yemen.
SANA’A, Yemen – Salwa, 35, has survived child marriage, three abusive husbands, crushing poverty and years of grinding conflict. After the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, she also endured starvation. But now, only... Read more
13 August 2020
News
A worker sprays rubble at the site of the blast at the Port of Beirut.
BEIRUT, Lebanon/UNITED NATIONS, New York – A masked aid worker helps an injured woman limp from a mobile first-aid clinic. Another aid worker, Hiba Kchour, carries hygiene supplies past the shattered husk of a car.... Read more
19 May 2020
News
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
22 April 2020
News
Contact tracers are urgently being recruited, trained and deployed to address the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of the challenges they face are similar to those in the earlier Ebola epidemic, including mistrust and misinformation. © UNFPA Liberia/Calixte S. Hessou
MONROVIA, Liberia – On 16 March 2020, Liberia confirmed the presence of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) within its borders. One week later, health authorities declared a public health emergency, and requested United... Read more

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