8 April 2020
News
In pandemic-affected Madaripur, midwife Selina Akter delivered a baby girl. Image courtesy of Selina Akter
DHAKA/MADARIPUR, Bangladesh – Today, there are 164 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Bangladesh. As the country’s health system races to respond to the pandemic, maternal health experts are concerned about the impact the... Read more
6 April 2020
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A boy at home in the Donetsk Region of Ukraine. People are urged to stay home to avoid spreading the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), and health services are being scaled down. © UNICEF/UN0243125/Morris VII Photo
KYIV, Ukraine – As the number of COVID-19 cases nears 1,500 in Ukraine, UNFPA is urgently distributing medical kits containing disinfectant and personal protective equipment (PPE). Bohdan Pidverbetskyi, a UNFPA... Read more
31 March 2020
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Journalist and teacher Giorgi Liparishvili plays with his son Tevdore. © UNFPA Georgia/Guram Kapanadze
TBILISI, Georgia – As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads around the world, an unprecedented number of people are participating in forms of self-isolation, lockdown or quarantine. By some estimates, the number of people... Read more
26 March 2020
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A woman in Iraq.  © UNFPA Iraq/Seivan Salim
KURDISTAN, Iraq – Intisar* was only 15 years old when her parents forced her into a marriage. She described it as an act of commerce: They sold her to another family to pay off a debt. “It is the worst feeling in the... Read more
12 March 2020
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A village health worker discusses family planning with women at Moeketsane Clinic in Mokhotlong. © UNFPA Lesotho/Violet Maraisane
HA MOEKETSANE, Lesotho – Regina Mokoena has seen first-hand how drought and climate change are increasing the demand for family planning in her village. Ms. Mokoena is a local health worker in Ha Moeketsane, in Lesotho’... Read more
4 March 2020
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Young people in Myanmar face a variety of risk factors for depression and other mental health disorders, including exposure to conflict and humanitarian crisis. © UNFPA Myanmar
YANGON, Myanmar – Globally, a person dies from suicide every 40 seconds, and it is estimated that for every death, 20 others have attempted to take their own lives. The vast majority of suicides take place in low- and... Read more
22 February 2020
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A simulation of childbirth in an infection prevention and control situation taking place in an environment sensitive to the Ebola virus. © UNFPA DRC
NORTH KIVU AND ITURI PROVINCES, Democratic Republic of the Congo – The Democratic Republic of the Congo remains in the grip of the world’s second largest Ebola epidemic on record, although the incidence of cases has... Read more
14 February 2020
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Khadija Bahzad holds a baby she delivered in Marrakech. Ms. Bahzad is a midwifery trainer, strengthening the skills of other midwives in the country. © UNFPA
RABAT, Morocco – Madame Najat Baloui, a midwife in Casablanca, vividly remembers a childbirth that went horribly wrong. “A woman was delivering vaginally,” Ms. Baloui recalled. “After several hours, the labour stopped... Read more
6 February 2020
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Yemen tops the list of countries with the greatest humanitarian needs. © UNFPA Yemen
UNITED NATIONS, New York/SANA’A, Yemen – When Yemen’s unrelenting conflict arrived in Taizz City late last year, Ashwaq saw her neighbourhood fall to pieces. Amid the bombardments, her house caught fire. She, her... Read more
5 February 2020
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Stigma is preventing survivors of sexual violence from seeking care and support. © UNFPA Sudan/Sufian Abdul-Mouty
KHARTOUM/EL GENEINA, Sudan – Deadly clashes in West Darfur have uprooted tens of thousands of people from their homes. Reliable sources indicate that widespread gender-based violence is taking place,  including alleged... Read more

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