28 February 2017
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Aisha Tiro Bahero nearly died from pregnancy-related complications at her home on a tropical island off the coast of Kenya. © UNFPA/Douglas Waudo
LAMU, Keyna – Aisha Tiro Bahero, 30, knows what it means to stare death in the face. Three years ago, while pregnant with her fifth child, she began to haemorrhage dangerously. “I couldn’t stop the bleeding. No one... Read more
10 October 2016
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Jumwa Kabibu Kai, 77, with Kilifi County Governor Amason Kingi, at an event raising awareness about fistula. © UNFPA Kenya/Douglas Waudo
KILIFI, Kenya – Decades ago, Jumwa Kabibu Kai was pregnant with her second child in the small village of Kidutani, Kenya. The area was poor and isolated – her nearest neighbour was 3 kilometres away – and there was no... Read more
17 March 2016
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UNITED NATIONS, New York – “When I was 12-years old, my family organized a ceremony to transition my sisters and myself to become women,” says Kakenya Ntaiya, a member of Kenya’s Maasai ethnic group. “I was first... Read more
19 February 2016
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ABJUA, Nigeria – “My father forced me to get married to an older man almost his age. The old man gave him 20 cows. I tried to run away from that old man, but my father warned me that he would beat me to death if he was... Read more
5 October 2015
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South Sudanese refugees display products they have been learning to produce at the Kakuma Support Centre in Turkana, Kenya. © UNFPA/Bernard Muthaka
KAKUMA, Kenya – Every once in a while, Joyce Dabor is jolted from sleep by memories of the day she was separated from her children. It was the day they finally escaped the bloody conflict in South Sudan. Ms. Dabor was... Read more
2 April 2015
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A woman with her infant in Wajir, Kenya. Religious leaders have committed to work towards ending preventable maternal deaths in the 15 counties with the highest maternal mortality rates. © UNFPA Kenya
NAIROBI, Kenya – Cycling back to his church from the local health centre, Pastor James Ochiel wondered whether he should just ask his local member of parliament to construct a maternity ward inside his church compound... Read more
16 March 2015
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UNITED NATIONS, New York – “Culture should not push us aside, but put us at the centre,” said Betty Naisenya Lolgisoi, a Kenyan activist, at a panel on eliminating practices that are harmful to women and girls, held... Read more
6 November 2014
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NAIROBI, Kenya – A new campaign highlighting the critical role of media in helping to end female genital mutilation (FGM) was launched in Kenya, Nairobi, last week. The campaign will engage global media outlets,... Read more
29 August 2014
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UNITED NATIONS, New York – Key governors committed to take action to reduce Kenya’s high maternal death rate at a UNFPA-organized meeting held this week in Nairobi. The event brought together over 200 officials to... Read more
19 May 2014
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UNITED NATIONS, New York – Amid escalating conflict, some 30,000 women in South Sudan are at risk of dying in childbirth, according to estimates by UNFPA, and 200,000 pregnant women will be in need of urgent care... Read more

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