9 February 2018
Nyomon Lilian attends to a mother and her newborn at the Juba Teaching Hospital. © UNFPA South Sudan
JUBA, South Sudan – Nyomon Lilian will never forget the day she decided to become a midwife. It was a few years ago, in her hometown of Kajo Keji, in South Sudan’s Equatoria region. She watched as her neighbour bled out... Read more
5 September 2017
Elizabeth Ayumpou Balang speaks with a midwife during her antenatal check-up at the Kiir Mayardit Women's Hospital in Rumbek. ©UNFPA South Sudan/Arlene Alano
RUMBEK, South Sudan – Elizabeth Ayumpou Balang is a teacher at a nursery and primary school in Rumbek, a town in central South Sudan. It is her dream job, but it did not come easily. Like many girls in South Sudan, Ms.... Read more
23 May 2017
Women attend a fistula repair camp in Aweil, South Sudan. The conflict has disrupted access to life-saving reproductive health care, including treatment for obstetric fistula. © UNFPA South Sudan
WAU, South Sudan – Childbirth is supposed to be a joyous occasion. But for the most vulnerable women and girls, it can be anything but. Alexina Myambero Stimela knows this from experience. A nurse and midwife from... Read more
28 April 2017
Rose Akongo, 26, was in labour by the time she arrived at the border post. © UNFPA Uganda/Evelyn Matsamura Kiapi
LAMWO, Uganda – Nine mothers stood in a single-file line, cuddling their newborn babies, in a refugee reception centre in northern Uganda. Visibly exhausted and anxious, each had a story to tell about being heavily... Read more
12 January 2017
After Flora and Patrick Anduga fled the bloody conflict in South Sudan, they learned about basic maternal health and reproductive health care – information they are eager to share. © ACORD
ADJUMANI DISTRICT, Uganda – Things looked bad for the family of Flora and Patrick Anduga in war-ravaged South Sudan. The couple increasingly feared for the safety and welfare of their two children – and the baby they... Read more
8 November 2016
Midwife Justine Mangwi was not able to save the newborn's mother. © UNFPA South Sudan
TORIT, South Sudan – Insecurity, poverty and poor health care continue to be a deadly mix in South Sudan. Tragedy struck the hospital in the eastern town of Torit after poor conditions and fear of attacks led health... Read more
4 October 2016
Nyador Dagey with her newborn twins in a UNFPA-supported clinic in Bentiu. © UNFPA South Sudan/Michael Gatluak Tuok
BENTIU, South Sudan – Nyador Dagey, 35, was three months pregnant and bleeding from a gunshot wound when she fled her village in Rubkona County, in South Sudan’s in Unity State, in March. The hostilities between... Read more
16 September 2016
A midwife delivers a baby at a health facility in Juba. At UNFPA-supported health facilities in Juba's protection camps, many of the midwives are themselves displaced people. © UNFPA South Sudan/Arlene Calaguian Alano
JUBA, South Sudan – Since the July outbreak of in violence in South Sudan, UN-protected camps in the capital have seen a spike in displaced people seeking shelter. The surge has compounded demands at the camps’ already... Read more
31 August 2016
UNFPA is helping to educate women about family planning options. © UNFPA/Annette Poni
MALAKAL, South Sudan – Life is harsh in the northern city of Malakal. Once a vibrant commercial hub, it is now essentially a ghost town, its residents crammed into a protection camp on the city’s outskirts. Even there,... Read more
5 August 2016
UNFPA is providing post-rape treatment kits and other essential health supplies in South Sudan. Sexual violence has been widespread since hostilities erupted last month. © UNFPA/Tim McKulka
JUBA, South Sudan – “I never felt so empty and helpless,” Tabitha* told UNFPA. She is one of at least a hundred civilians to be sexually assaulted in the wake of South Sudan’s most recent hostilities. Since the eruption... Read more