8 May 2020
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A woman and her newborn at a UNFPA-supported health centre. More than 100 health facilities are at risk of closing. © UNFPA Yemen
SANA’A, Yemen – On 10 April, Yemen announced its first laboratory-confirmed case of COVID-19. Since then, 34 more cases and 7 deaths have been reported. Health workers, already stretched to the limit by five years of... Read more
8 May 2020
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Aina attends a prenatal consultation with midwife Bakoly Rasoamanontany at Itaosy District Hospital of Reference. © UNFPA Madagascar/Hantanirina Andremanisa
ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar – Aina, 24, is in the last month of her pregnancy. This alone would be reason for some anxiety. “As it’s [my] first time, I’m worried,” Aina told UNFPA. But with the country’s partial lockdown,... Read more
5 May 2020
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UNFPA-supported mobile service units are helping residents of Turkey's tent settlements implement infection control measures. © UNFPA Turkey/Esma Yılmaz
MERSIN, Turkey – Meryem, a Syrian refugee living in a tent settlement in southern Turkey, says her family struggles to maintain their health under even normal circumstances. Now, with more than 127,000 cases of COVID-19... Read more
27 April 2020
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Brankica Jankovic takes calls at the UNFPA-supported hotline. Image courtesy of the Red Cross of Serbia
BELGRADE, Serbia – Today, about six weeks after Serbia declared a state of emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the country has more than 7,700 confirmed cases of the disease. The Government has called for movement... Read more
22 April 2020
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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
21 April 2020
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UNFPA and UN Women have distributed more than 1,300 dignity kits containing essential hygiene supplies such as soap and menstrual pads to women living in prisons and quarantine centres. © UNFPA El Salvador
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador – Hygiene supplies are urgently needed among women in prisons and quarantine centres in El Salvador. Women in prisons in El Salvador are at high risk COVID-19 infection. Living in tight... Read more
16 April 2020
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Outreach workers in Syria are raising awareness about the pandemic. © UNFPA Syria
AZRAQ CAMP, Jordan/HOMS, Syria/UNITED NATIONS, New York – “I invested the first four days of the lockdown calling beneficiaries to inform them of the availability of virtual support,” Orouba Amin, a counsellor in the... Read more
15 April 2020
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Calls to the National Hotline on Combatting Domestic Violence increased by more than 25 per cent in the first two weeks of quarantine. © La Strada Ukraine
KYIV, Ukraine – One by one, countries facing lockdowns and movement restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic are reporting alarming increases in domestic abuse. For too many women, safety from the virus is not safety... Read more
14 April 2020
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“I will not succumb to short-lived challenges and give up,” says Dawit Mequanint, a midwife in Ethiopia. © Ethiopian Midwives Association
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia – Today Ethiopia has more than 70 confirmed cases of COVID-19, a fact that has placed the country’s midwives on high alert. “Midwives cannot maintain physical distance with a labouring mother like... Read more
13 April 2020
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Front-line health workers are particularly at risk of being exposed to the virus. © UNFPA Viet Nam
HA NOI, Viet Nam – Health experts in Viet Nam are calling for efforts to ensure continuous access to maternal health care amid the growing COVID-19 pandemic. More than 260 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in the... Read more

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