News on Maternal health

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
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
20 May 2019
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UNITED NATIONS, New York – “I have met many women who have suffered tremendously during labour,” said Dr. Kenza Aden, a general practitioner in Djibouti. This is because most of her patients – like about 78 per cent of... 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
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
3 May 2019
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It's not your mother's motherhood. © UNFPA/Bruno Feder
UNITED NATIONS, New York – Twenty-five years ago, the world was transforming. South Africa held its first multiracial elections, electing Nelson Mandela as President. Sweden began to allow the registration of same-sex... Read more
30 April 2019
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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
29 April 2019
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Dr. Joha attends to a displaced woman at Al-Hol Camp. The needs were "overwhelmingly high," he said. © UNFPA Syria
Al-Hassakeh, Syria – Vulnerable civilians were caught in the crossfire as hostilities intensified in north-eastern Syria in recent weeks. “I took out around 160 pieces of shrapnel from the bodies of women and children... Read more

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