News on Maternal health

11 December 2019
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UNFPA is scaling up its activities to provide reproductive health care and support for survivors of violence in north-eastern Syria. © UNFPA Syria
AL TAPQQA, Syria – As clashes rage on in north-eastern Syria, the toll on civilians and health systems continue to mount. Mass displacements have complicated the delivery of basic health services, including reproductive... Read more
13 November 2019
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In 10 years, the world could achieve three transformative results, at a price tag of only $264 billion, according to new research unveiled at the Nairobi Summit on ICPD25. © UNFPA Uganda
Nairobi, KENYA – It is possible to end preventable maternal deaths, cover all unmet needs for family planning and put a stop to gender-based violence, all within a decade. But it will cost the world a total of $264... Read more
3 October 2019
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The school for husbands and future husbands teaches men to empower their wives through behavior change. Here, men practice domestic skills to ease the burden on their wives. © UNFPA/Ollivier Girard
MAMBOUE, Burkina Faso – Waimbabie Gnoumou is learning to be a better husband, says his wife, Martine. That’s because he is going to a special school that teaches men exactly that. The Husbands and Future Husbands School... Read more
2 October 2019
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Community leaders in Assiut Governorate speak about female genital mutilation. © UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Programme to Eliminate FGM
CAIRO, Egypt – Female genital mutilation has been outlawed in Egypt for more than a decade, but it remains widespread. Yet rather than helping to eliminate the practice, public campaigns highlighting its dangers may... Read more
19 September 2019
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The decline in maternal deaths is far from adequate, UNFPA officials say. In Yemen, a pregnant woman with cholera receives care. © UNFPA Yemen
UNITED NATIONS, New York – Data from 2017 show that approximately 810 women die each day of preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. This is a roughly 38 per cent decline in the global maternal mortality... Read more
6 September 2019
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Om Asma and her baby survived thanks to a Caesarean section delivery at one of the few UNFPA-supported hospitals still open in Yemen. © UNFPA Yemen
SANA’A, Yemen/UNITED NATIONS, New York – Om Asma’s most recent pregnancy could have killed her. She already had a baby at home, and her body felt depleted. “I became pregnant immediately after the birth of my last child... Read more
3 September 2019
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The ambulance, provided in 2011, has eased the cost and difficulty of receiving emergency maternal and paediatric care. © UNFPA/Nasser Youssouf
OUZIOINI, Comoros – Who has not heard the horn of the Ouzioini ambulance? Up to five times a week, the vehicle ferries women and children some 50 kilometres from the rural Ouzioini District to the capital, Moroni, for... Read more
29 August 2019
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Dr. Samama speaks to Ms. Tugay at a local clinic in conflict-affected Maguindanao, Philippines. © UNFPA Philippines/Kim Ian Tiu
Maguindanao, Philippines – Suraida Taguy, 30, was nine months pregnant in July, when conflict displaced her and her family from their village in Maguindanao Province in the southern Philippines. When she went into... Read more
27 August 2019
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A midwife performs an antenatal check up during a mobile health team visit in Nangarhar Province. © UNFPA Afghanistan
NANGARHAR, Afghanistan – Raihana Bibi is a 30-year-old mother of four children – one boy and three girls. Their family returned to Afghanistan from Pakistan and settled in Nangarhar Province about two years ago. They... Read more
24 July 2019
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Women UN leaders meet with female leaders and advocates in Kabul, Afghanistan. Women's voices must be heard, they emphasized. © Fardin Waezi / UNAMA
Kabul, Afghanistan/UNITED NATIONS, New York – UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem joined a high-level delegation of women UN leaders on an intensive two-day “solidarity mission” to Afghanistan to highlight the... Read more

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