News on Maternal health

10 July 2018
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Family health houses are helping midwives provide reproductive health care in far-flung parts of Afghanistan. © UNFPA Afghanistan
HERAT, Afghanistan – By midnight, Khurshid, 35, was in serious trouble. Five months pregnant and bleeding heavily, she had passed out at home. Her family carried her unconscious body to the nearest – and only – health... Read more
5 July 2018
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Women and girls require security, health care and other services in the aftermath of the disaster. © UNFPA Guatemala/Carlos Sebastián
ESCUINTLA, Guatemala – Marta Leiva, 7 months pregnant, leaned against two bags of donated clothes in her shelter in Guatemala’s Escuintla Department. She lost everything when her house was destroyed during the eruption... Read more
2 July 2018
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As the monsoon season hits Cox's Bazar, refugees at Kutapalong refugee camp and elsewhere fear they are vulnerable to landslides. © UNHCR/Adam Dean
COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh – With monsoon rains unleashing floods and landslides in Bangladesh, UNFPA and partner agencies are urgently working to secure Rohingya refugee camps and settlements in Cox’s Bazar District.  “... Read more
25 June 2018
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Najat suffered a traumatic birth injury, and nearly died, after her in-laws refused to take her to a hospital during labour. © National Midwives Association/UNFPA
SANA’A, Yemen – Najat, a trained midwife, was well aware of the dangers of pregnancy and childbirth. But when her own health needs and professional judgment clashed with her husband’s traditional ideas, she suffered in... Read more
12 June 2018
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Women and girls celebrating after their successful fistula repair surgeries at the Aberdeen Women’s Centre in Freetown © UNFPA Sierra Leone 2018/Angelique Reid
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone – “When I became pregnant in December 2016, I never attended a health clinic,” said 19-year-old Katimu Kanneh. “I drank traditional medicines supplied to me by traditional birth attendants in the... Read more
11 June 2018
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Phu Tu Nee, 19, gave birth with a UNFPA clean delivery kit as the first tropical storm of the monsoon season descended on the camps and villages of “forgotten” Rohingya in Myanmar’s Rakhine State. © UNFPA Myanmar/Yenny Gamming
DAR PAING, Myanmar – A deadly tropical storm, the first of the 2018 monsoon season, descended on Myanmar at the end of May, tearing apart hundreds of homes along the coast. As the storm pounded on her small shelter in... Read more
1 June 2018
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Fatima now works as a health mediator at a UNFPA-supported safe space, helping other women and girls. © UNFPA Turkey
ANKARA, Turkey – Tragedy had a way of finding Fatima*. She endured brutal domestic violence during two marriages in Syria. And when the war broke out, a bomb struck her home, injuring her and killing the eldest of her... Read more
23 May 2018
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Margret Rambiki lived with obstetric fistula for 13 years. Finally, her mother learned how she could get relief. © UNFPA Malawi/Henry Chimbali
MULANJE DISTRICT, Malawi – Margret Rambiki was just a teenager, married at 14, when she nearly died in childbirth. It was 2002 in the Mulanje District of southern Malawi. A child bride, Ms. Rambiki may have been... Read more
22 May 2018
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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

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