22 May 2019
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Farah* recently received surgical treatment for obstetric fistula. She says she can now "live a normal life." © UNFPA Afghanistan
KABUL, Afghanistan – “I saw myself as the living dead,” 50-year-old Laila* told UNFPA. She suffered terribly while giving birth in Pakistan 27 years ago. The prolonged, obstructed labour left her with an obstetric... Read more
29 May 2019
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Ms. Nana says she wanted to work as a midwife to help improve family planning use. © UNFPA/Natalia da Luz
BEIRA, Mozambique – When Sabine Nana was a little girl, she spent much of her time waiting for her mother to come home from the local health facility.   Ms. Nana's mother worked very hard, as she was the only... Read more
21 May 2019
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Keflene Yakobo is now a fistula ambassador in her community, helping other women receive treatment and reclaim their lives. © UNFPA Tanzania/Bright Warren
SIMIYU, United Republic of Tanzania – Keflene Yakobo tried to do everything right during her pregnancy. Though she was young – married at age 17 and pregnant at 19 – she was diligent about receiving regular check ups. “... Read more
17 May 2019
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Years into Syria's grinding conflict, refugees need support to rebuild their lives. © UNFPA Iraq
DOMIZ 2, Iraq – “I never thought I would have to start over,” Nermin* told UNFPA from Domiz 2 Camp in Iraq.  She was 21 when she was uprooted from her hometown in Qamishli by the horrors of the Syrian conflict. It was... Read more
14 May 2019
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Without visiting the mobile clinic, Ja Htoi's condition would have gone unnoticed. © UNFPA Myanmar/Yenny Gamming
MYITKYINA, Myanmar - When Ja Htoi Lu was pregnant with her second child, she felt fine, and didn’t see much point in taking time from her chores to go for antenatal visits.   It was late 2018. Seven years before, Ja... Read more
13 May 2019
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Today, Ms. Wen and Ms. Yan see eye-to-eye on the equality of women and girls. © Dushan Township Family Planning Office/Zhang Min
LILING, China – Not long ago, Wen Xiujuan was swept up in a romance. Against the wishes of her parents, she moved to the small village of Liling, 300 km from her hometown, to marry a young man named Yang Liu. They lived... Read more
6 May 2019
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Eight months pregnant and mother of six, Nadia Muson and her family were within earshot of the armed conflict in their municipality of Datu Salibo, Maguindanao. © UNFPA Philippines/ Rochelle Yu
DATU SALIBO, Philippines – “I was inside our house when I heard powerful explosions and intense gunfire,” recalled Nadia Muson, 35. Eight months pregnant and a mother of six, Ms. Muson and her family were within earshot... Read more
3 May 2019
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Najiba works in one of the hardest-to-reach, poorest areas of Bamyan. © UNFPA Afghanistan
YAKAWLANG/SANGTAKHAT, Afghanistan – Midwives serve in some of the most remote health posts in the world, saving the lives of women and babies in settings that are often harsh and resource-poor. And their work can... Read more
30 April 2019
News
PEMBA, Mozambique – Brazilian military firefighters, in coordination with the Government of Mozambique and several UN agencies, have saved the lives of hundreds of people displaced by Cyclone Kenneth near the flooded... Read more
1 May 2019
News
Bushra has launched the first ever women-run security firm in Yemen. © UNFPA Yemen
SANA'A, Yemen – Bushra was only 14 years old when her family arranged a child marriage to an older man, and a year later she became pregnant. She was a mother of six when her husband lost his job. Suddenly the family... Read more

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