News on Maternal health

16 September 2020
News
Houses are submerged in floodwaters in Bihar State.
BIHAR, India – Life has come to a standstill in much of India’s Bihar State as a ferocious monsoon season coincides with the COVID-19 pandemic. Coronavirus cases continue to climb, even as the floods affect millions... Read more
14 September 2020
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Midwife Sajia Mansoory wears protective gear, including a face mask, face shield, gloves and protective gown, as she attends to a newborn.
KABUL, Afghanistan – “When I returned home from work, I had to isolate myself,” described Suhaila Sadat, a midwife at the Malalai Maternity Hospital in Afghanistan. “My parents were worried about me because I interact... Read more
10 September 2020
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Midwife Rotna provides care to MInara's newborn baby at a UNFPA-supported health centre.
COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh – The 25th of August marked a tragic anniversary: three years since the mass influx of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees into Bangladesh from neighbouring Myanmar. Today, there are... Read more
3 September 2020
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A midwife fills out medical records for a group of women and children.
BADAKHSHAN, Afghanistan – It has been a harrowing year for women and girls in Afghanistan. In the first quarter of 2020, just as the COVID-19 pandemic was just reaching Afghanistan, flash floods were causing mass... Read more
19 August 2020
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A photo illustration shows a health worker in personal protective gear, attending to a new mother. The text says, "Our superheroes wear super suits."
UNITED NATIONS, New York – Communities around the world are under siege – by the COVID-19 pandemic, violence, faltering economies, natural disasters and climate change. And “saving lives has never been more harrowing,”... Read more
13 August 2020
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A worker sprays rubble at the site of the blast at the Port of Beirut.
BEIRUT, Lebanon/UNITED NATIONS, New York – A masked aid worker helps an injured woman limp from a mobile first-aid clinic. Another aid worker, Hiba Kchour, carries hygiene supplies past the shattered husk of a car.... Read more
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
16 July 2020
News
Mayada Reda looks lovingly at her newborn son, Mohamed.
CAIRO, Egypt – As soon as she started her ninth month of pregnancy, Mayada Reda started coughing and feeling feverish. Then she lost her sense of taste and smell. “I texted my doctor and I explained to her how I was... 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

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