News on Family planning

30 July 2020
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Margaret Thwala-Tembe wears a protective gown, hair covering and face mask as she holds a newborn baby.
MBABANE, Eswatini – Once a month, Nolwazi Myeni receives a message on her mobile phone notifying her that family planning services are available despite the pandemic-related lockdown. “I felt very encouraged to be... Read more
11 July 2020
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UNITED NATIONS, New York – Officially, the COVID-19 pandemic has sickened 12 million people and left more than half a million dead. But the full toll of this catastrophe has been incalculably greater. Health systems... Read more
29 June 2020
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A midwife holds up a flip chart showing a family as she speaks about family planning to a room of women.
GODOMEY, Benin/ASSAHOUN, Togo/CONAKRY, Guinea – As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread, health workers in several West African countries say it has been challenging to prevent the spread of the virus while... Read more
23 June 2020
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Kabita Bhandari, wearing a face mask, stands apart from a group of men to whom she is speaking about family planning. The men are wearing masks. They are standing outside, under a terraced mountain.
KATHMANDU, Nepal – When Kabita Bhandari arrived at a COVID-19 quarantine centre in Baitadi District, in far-western Nepal, residents thought she was bringing food. They soon realized she was delivering another kind of... Read more
15 May 2020
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Horihanny Del Valle, a pregnant migrant from Venezuela, has learned how to protect herself from COVID-19. © UNFPA Brazil
CARACAS, Venezuela/PACARAIMA, Brazil – News of the COVID-19 pandemic had not reached Horihanny Del Valle, a pregnant 16-year-old migrant from Venezuela, until a few weeks ago, when she heard about the coronavirus from... Read more
28 April 2020
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Outreach workers in Syria are worried about the vulnerability of women and girls under curfew. © UNFPA Syria
UNITED NATIONS, New York – A clear view of the toll of the COVID-19 pandemic is only beginning to take shape, but experts estimate the human cost could be extraordinary. The economic and physical disruptions caused by... Read more
1 April 2020
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Yveka, 17, visits a UNFPA mobile clinic in Haiti. Haiti's former Minister of Women, Dr. Lise Marie Dejean, says many women lack autonomy over their bodies and health. © UNFPA
UNITED NATIONS, New York/BAMAKO, Mali/PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – Out of nine pregnancies, Kadiatou experienced five tragic stillbirths, all at her home in rural Mali. Each time, she gave birth without the assistance of a... Read more
19 March 2020
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Women face increased risk of violence, loss of livelihoods and other threats under the pandemic. © Unsplash/Tam Wai
UNITED NATIONS, New York – As the COVID-19 pandemic rages around the world, governments are taking unprecedented measures to limit the spread of the virus, ramping up health system responses and announcing movement... 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
5 March 2020
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"I want my daughters to be respected as human beings," says Fawzia Koofi, a trailblazer in Afghanistan. © Johannes Eisele/AFP/GettyImages
UNITED NATIONS, New York – The eighth of March is International Women’s Day, and the stakes could not be higher. This year marks a quarter century since the creation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, a... Read more

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