News on Maternal health

18 July 2019
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Ms. Chuor (centre) waits for an antenatal visit at the Aweil State Hospital. © UNFPA South Sudan/Arlene Alano
AWEIL, South Sudan – Arek Chuor, 32, expects to deliver her seventh child in September. It will be her last, she insists. A childhood polio infection has left her with impaired mobility, including a permanent limp. The... Read more
8 July 2019
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Ms. Akongo prepares to graduate. Neither tragedy nor age could deter her from pursuing her dreams. © UNFPA South Sudan/Arlene Alano
JUBA, South Sudan – At age 47, Angelina Akongo was the oldest of 73 midwifery and nursing students from Juba and Kajo Keji to graduate this year – and she feels like a brand new person. “I am a better person now,” she... Read more
10 July 2019
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Twenty-five years ago, 179 governments adopted a visionary Programme of Action that aimed to safeguard the health and rights of women and girls and to promote their empowerment. © UNFPA Morocco
UNITED NATIONS, New York – Twenty-five years ago, at the International Conference on Population and Development in Cairo, 179 governments adopted a visionary Programme of Action that aimed to safeguard the health and... Read more
3 July 2019
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Fadia was the first baby born in the UNFPA-supported hospitainer facility in Al-Hol Camp in northern Syria. © UNFPA Syria
AL HOL CAMP, Syria – “I never expected that I would be in this situation and suffer so much,” 18-year-old Khadeeja told a UNFPA health worker in the Al-Hol Camp in northeastern Syria, where some 75,000 people have... Read more
28 June 2019
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"We lost all our belongings – including the new clothes we had bought for the baby," Tatenda Sithole, from Rusitu. © UNFPA Zimbabwe
HARARE, Zimbabwe – Chioniso Mutenda, 18 years old and nine months pregnant, lies on a bed in Mutambara Mission Hospital’s maternity waiting home. She is tired but relieved. Until recently, her safety and health were not... Read more
5 June 2019
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Large numbers of people are bypassing immigration controls as they exit Venezuela. © Tomer Urwicz
CÚCUTA, Colombia – Not long ago, 15-year-old Nelsmar attended a middle-class school in central Venezuela. That was before her family was uprooted by the economic and humanitarian crisis in her country, which has pushed... Read more
4 June 2019
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Midwife Imama (left) checks on Salma and her newborn in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. © UNFPA Bangladesh/Fahima Tajrin
COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh/VANCOUVER, Canada – Salma cradled her newborn daughter in the shade, seeking relief from the heat of her tarpaulin shack in the crowded refugee camp where they live. Her older daughter and a few... Read more
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

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