News on Maternal health

22 May 2018
News
A health worker checks on a pregnant woman during a home visit. Access to quality maternal health care, especially emergency care during childbirth, is essential to preventing obstetric fistula. © UNFPA Ethiopia/Abraham Gelaw
JIMMA, Ethiopia – After her wedding at age 20 in the Seka District of Ethiopia, Birkisa Aba Nega became pregnant. Then again, and again. Four of the five children she delivered died, and she was left with a debilitating... Read more
21 May 2018
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A medical team at Al Thawara Hospital successfully treated Shaima's obstetric fistula. © UNFPA Yemen
SANA’A, Yemen – Shaima, 20, has experienced more than her share of suffering. Displaced by conflict, she was married off at 14, then endured pregnancy after pregnancy before her body was ready. She developed devastating... Read more
14 May 2018
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Um Qassem continued her work as a midwife, even as ISIL fighters took over the hospital. © UNFPA Iraq
AL-QAIM CITY, Iraq – Um Qassem was working as a midwife in Al-Qaim City, in Iraq’s Anbar Province, when the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as Da’esh) swept into the country in mid-2014. Seemingly... Read more
10 May 2018
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A new midwifery programme aims to elevate the profession – and save mothers. © UNFPA Nepal/Santosh Chhetri
KATHMANDU, Nepal – “I was so upset when a woman, suffering from heavy bleeding soon after giving birth, had to be rushed to a hospital – travelling six hours on a winding and bumpy road,” recalled Pramika Maharjan. “She... Read more
4 May 2018
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A midwife checks on a newborn during a house call in rural Yemen. © UNFPA Yemen
Hajjah, Yemen – “When the war broke out, I left my job in the city and came to Aslam,” Rawthah Ahmed, a midwife with 25 years of experience, told UNFPA. Her services are desperately needed in Aslam, a remote village in... Read more
3 May 2018
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Om Mehi Eddin holds newborn daughter Sham, safely delivered with the help of a UNFPA-supported mobile medical team serving evacuees from Eastern Ghouta. © UNFPA Syria
EASTERN GHOUTA, Syria – A surge in violence in Eastern Ghouta since February has forced the evacuation of over 158,000 people, leaving many with serious unmet protection and medical needs. The evacuees have been sent to... Read more
1 May 2018
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Bendu takes her daughter from a midwife at a health centre in Grand Cape Mount County, Liberia.
UNITED NATIONS, New York – May is a time for motherhood. Dozens of countries around the world observe Mother’s Day this month, celebrating the strength and beauty of mothers everywhere. The fifth of May, meanwhile, is... Read more
27 April 2018
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Early monsoon rains have arrived in Cox's Bazar, reigniting fears about the health and safety of refugees. A refugee woman in a muddy camp in late 2017. © UNFPA/Prince Naymuzzaman
COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh – Early monsoon rains have arrived in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, where hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees are living in flimsy tents of bamboo and tarpaulin, renewing fears of flooding,... Read more
26 April 2018
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In earthquake-affected Tamande, Mendi, local emergency responders meet with UNFPA staff. © UNFPA
MENDI, Papua New Guinea – When a 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck the remote Southern Highlands Province on 26 February, 18-year-old Julian Ako was heavily pregnant with her third child. She and her family emerged... Read more
19 April 2018
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Thousands of women in Piura remain affected by the floods. © UNFPA Peru/Angela Valverde
LAMBAYEQUE, PERU – When floodwaters engulfed the ĺllimo district on 14 March 2017, Lily Silva Aricoché led her family and neighbours to safety. During the months that followed, she coordinated assistance to flood... Read more

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