News on Maternal health

29 May 2020
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A midwife on her way to a house call in a conflict-affected village of Yemen. © UNFPA Yemen
Hajjah, Yemen – In mid-May, just as the COVID-19 pandemic arrived in Yemen, funding for UNFPA’s life-saving reproductive health services dried up. UNFPA has been forced to suspend the provision of reproductive health... Read more
22 May 2020
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A health facility in Tanzania’s Simiyu region, which was renovated through a two-year programme supported by UNFPA with funding from KOICA. © UNFPA Tanzania/Karlien Truyens
BARIADI, United Republic of Tanzania – Midwife Nuriat Koku Mtumbi remembers the day in March well: “It was raining heavily and Adimu* had delivered her baby on her way to our facility. “She was shielding herself under a... Read more
22 May 2020
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A woman recovers from fistula treatment sugery in Yemen. Obstetric fistula almost entirely preventable; its persistence is a sign of global social injustice. © UNFPA Yemen
AL HUDAYDAH, Yemen – Five years ago, Marwa* was a child bride living in the port city of Al Hudaydah. “I was almost 17 years old, and happy with my new life. I was a new bride and I got pregnant fast. I thought life was... 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
14 May 2020
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When Maisarjaha Khatun went into labour, her family spent hours trying to find transport to emergency obstetric care. Image courtesy of Jiyaul Hak
KATHMANDU, Nepal – In far-western Nepal, Dhana Bhatt is waiting out the last weeks of her pregnancy, a time that should be joyful. But her anticipation has turned into anxiety as Nepal grapples with the global COVID-19... Read more
8 May 2020
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A woman and her newborn at a UNFPA-supported health centre. More than 100 health facilities are at risk of closing. © UNFPA Yemen
SANA’A, Yemen – On 10 April, Yemen announced its first laboratory-confirmed case of COVID-19. Since then, 34 more cases and 7 deaths have been reported. Health workers, already stretched to the limit by five years of... Read more
8 May 2020
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Aina attends a prenatal consultation with midwife Bakoly Rasoamanontany at Itaosy District Hospital of Reference. © UNFPA Madagascar/Hantanirina Andremanisa
ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar – Aina, 24, is in the last month of her pregnancy. This alone would be reason for some anxiety. “As it’s [my] first time, I’m worried,” Aina told UNFPA. But with the country’s partial lockdown,... Read more
4 May 2020
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The pandemic has introduced danger and uncertainty to the start of motherhood.
UNITED NATIONS, New York – Around the world, May is a time to celebrate mothers and the health workers who help them enter motherhood. Dozens of countries observe Mother’s Day in May and, on 5 May, the International Day... Read more
16 April 2020
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Outreach workers in Syria are raising awareness about the pandemic. © UNFPA Syria
AZRAQ CAMP, Jordan/HOMS, Syria/UNITED NATIONS, New York – “I invested the first four days of the lockdown calling beneficiaries to inform them of the availability of virtual support,” Orouba Amin, a counsellor in the... Read more
14 April 2020
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“I will not succumb to short-lived challenges and give up,” says Dawit Mequanint, a midwife in Ethiopia. © Ethiopian Midwives Association
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia – Today Ethiopia has more than 70 confirmed cases of COVID-19, a fact that has placed the country’s midwives on high alert. “Midwives cannot maintain physical distance with a labouring mother like... Read more

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