News on Family planning

2 August 2018
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Maria with her youngest daughter. She lost weight after each pregnancy, alarming her doctors. © UNFPA Moldova/Dan Gutu
CIMISLIA, the Republic of Moldova – Maria* gave birth to her first child when she was 16, an age when most of her peers were graduating from secondary school. Today, at 22 years old, she has three daughters. “People who... Read more
24 July 2018
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Girls attend a football programme run by UNFPA and the Special Olympics in Azerbaijan. The programme brings together girls living with disabilities and those without, to play sports and learn about their rights. © UNFPA Azerbaijan
ABSHERON, Azerbaijan – Fourteen-year-old Maryam stood, awe-struck, at the edge of an indoor football pitch in Absheron, Azerbaijan. “For me, seeing a real soccer pitch, a real goal net, and putting on a real soccer... Read more
16 July 2018
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Mrs. Belay with her husband, Priest Leul Hunegnaw, in front of their barn. She says contraception has had a liberating effect. © UNFPA Ethiopia
DEBAYTILATGIN, Ethiopia – Hulunayehu Belay’s family ekes out a living by farming a small plot of land at the edge of a mountain. Her husband, Leul Hunegnaw, supplements their income by working as a priest. For years,... Read more
10 July 2018
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Family health houses are helping midwives provide reproductive health care in far-flung parts of Afghanistan. © UNFPA Afghanistan
HERAT, Afghanistan – By midnight, Khurshid, 35, was in serious trouble. Five months pregnant and bleeding heavily, she had passed out at home. Her family carried her unconscious body to the nearest – and only – health... Read more
9 July 2018
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People still resort to useless, dangerous strategies to prevent pregnancy. In some places, a fruit brandy called Rakija may still be used for this purpose. © UNFPA Bosnia and Herzegovina/Armin Smailovic
UNITED NATIONS, New York – Fifty years ago, world leaders recognized family planning as a human right. Yet safe and reliable forms of contraception remain out of reach for hundreds of millions of people. UNFPA has... Read more
5 July 2018
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Women and girls require security, health care and other services in the aftermath of the disaster. © UNFPA Guatemala/Carlos Sebastián
ESCUINTLA, Guatemala – Marta Leiva, 7 months pregnant, leaned against two bags of donated clothes in her shelter in Guatemala’s Escuintla Department. She lost everything when her house was destroyed during the eruption... Read more
26 June 2018
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Martha Pobee, Ghana's Permanent Representative and Chair of the Committee for the United Nations Population Award, together with United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed and UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem, who serves as the Award Committee's Secretary, at the 2018 UN Population Awards. © UNFPA/ Usenabasi Esiet
UNITED NATIONS, New York – The United Nations honoured Dr. Sir Prince Ramsey, an Antiguan family doctor who played a pivotal role in advocating for HIV patients at the height of the AIDS crisis in the 1980s, and who... Read more
21 June 2018
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Young people from the Kakheti region of Georgia participate in peer education training on gender equality and reproductive health and rights. © UNFPA Georgia
TBILISI, Georgia – Like many other girls from rural villages in Georgia, Elene* didn’t learn much about her sexual and reproductive health as an adolescent. Her mother told her about menstruation, but before Elene... Read more
17 May 2018
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Hannah Gumaro chose to receive a contraceptive implant at a UNFPA-supported family planning session. © UNFPA Philippines/Mario Villamor
ISABELA, Philippines – Joan Calamayan gathered with around 50 other young women at a bright green community centre in the Philippine village of Kalabaza. Many of the women had walked from far-flung villages to attend... Read more
15 May 2018
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Men queue to register for the vasectomy event in Port-au-Prince. Enthusiasm far exceeded expectations. © Moïse Alex Docteur/UNV
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – “At 55, I already have four children. I realized that I do not have enough resources to take care of more mouths in my family,” explained Lamour Denis, at a reproductive health clinic in Haiti’s... Read more

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