News on Maternal health

19 March 2019
News
After years of conflict, the population is seeing a cascade of health and human rights problems fall "like dominoes". © UNFPA Syria/Sufian Abdul-Mouty
DARA’A, Syrian Arab Republic – With the crisis in Syria soon to enter its ninth year, the people of Dara’a Governorate face especially harrowing conditions, with hostilities killing civilians as recently as July.  Dara’... Read more
11 March 2019
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Dr. Natalia Kanem, UNFPA's Executive Director, met with community role models in Kibera, the largest informal settlement in Kenya. © UNFPA
Nairobi, KENYA – “When sleeping women awake, mountains move,” said Dr. Natalia Kanem, UNFPA’s Executive Director, quoting a Kenyan proverb at an event in the sprawling Kibera informal settlement. The event, held on... Read more
28 February 2019
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“We have been traveling for a week without being able to sleep, take a shower or eat well. I get tired easily, and have vomiting and headaches," said Mariana, who is five months pregnant. © UNFPA Peru
TUMBES, Peru – “I have been told that it was too dangerous to travel alone, but I did it for my family’s and my own well-being,” said Britney, 18, part of a mass exodus of people leaving Venezuela in search of a better... Read more
27 February 2019
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In this Islamic study group, older women bring up questions that younger women are too embarrassed to raise. © UNFPA WCARO/Habibou Dia
MARADI, Niger – The preacher Malama Ouani may seem like an unlikely advocate of sexual and reproductive health and rights. She teaches women about Islam and family welfare during study groups, known as “madrassas,” in... Read more
21 February 2019
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A midwife cares for Mohsina's unexpected twins at Jardan Hospital. ©FMF
JARDAN, Yemen – Over a million pregnant women and new mothers require urgent aid in Yemen, the site of the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. Mohsina was one of these women when she went into labour at the end of a... Read more
18 February 2019
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Jémima Masika was infected with Ebola and survived. © UNFPA DRC/Brigitte Kiaku
BENI, Democratic Republic of the Congo – When Jémima Masika, 26, lost her parents to Ebola in August, she thought deadly virus was a myth – then she fell sick herself. “I did not believe in the existence of Ebola,” she... Read more
16 February 2019
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UNFPA brought critical reproductive health supplies to resident of the settlement, where conditions are dire. © UN in Syria
RUKBAN, Syria – As part of the largest-ever humanitarian convoy by the United Nations and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent, UNFPA has delivered critical reproductive health supplies, hygiene and dignity kits to women and... Read more
14 February 2019
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Health workers have learned to respect indigenous childbirth traditions, such as vertical delivery using a rope. © UNFPA Peru/Juan Pablo Casapia
CHURCAMPA, Peru – Edelmira Martina Antay Dávila remembers when women used to die in childbirth. “I used to give birth at home, but it was not good,” she told UNFPA. “Women can die, even from haemorrhages.” Ms. Antay... Read more
7 February 2019
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Eman, from West Mosul, needed a Caesarean section for her fifth child. © UNFPA Iraq/Jared Kohler
MOSUL, Iraq – After the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS or Daesh) captured Mosul in 2014, most of the maternity wards and hospitals in the city were shuttered, leaving hundreds of... Read more
22 January 2019
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Irina, 46, had no idea she was at risk of cervical cancer. Luckily, her family doctor performed a screening. © UNFPA Moldova/Dan Gutu
CHISINAU, Moldova – Irina Starciac, 46, was certain she was healthy. "I never had any symptoms that would get me worried,” she said. She was lucky, then, that her family doctor decided to screen her for cervical cancer... Read more

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