News on Maternal health

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
9 April 2020
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After a complicated delivery, triplet boys were discharged in good health. Distance, conflict and the threat of the global pandemic kept their mother from seeking maternal health care. © BFD/UNFPA Yemen
AL HUDAYDAH, Yemen – Living on the mountainous front lines of Yemen’s brutal conflict, 28-year-old Aisha Hussain Sibtan was unable to access antenatal care during her second pregnancy. Reaching the city would take two... Read more
8 April 2020
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In pandemic-affected Madaripur, midwife Selina Akter delivered a baby girl. Image courtesy of Selina Akter
DHAKA/MADARIPUR, Bangladesh – Today, there are 164 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Bangladesh. As the country’s health system races to respond to the pandemic, maternal health experts are concerned about the impact the... Read more
6 April 2020
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A boy at home in the Donetsk Region of Ukraine. People are urged to stay home to avoid spreading the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), and health services are being scaled down. © UNICEF/UN0243125/Morris VII Photo
KYIV, Ukraine – As the number of COVID-19 cases nears 1,500 in Ukraine, UNFPA is urgently distributing medical kits containing disinfectant and personal protective equipment (PPE). Bohdan Pidverbetskyi, a UNFPA... Read more
19 March 2020
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Women face increased risk of violence, loss of livelihoods and other threats under the pandemic. © Unsplash/Tam Wai
UNITED NATIONS, New York – As the COVID-19 pandemic rages around the world, governments are taking unprecedented measures to limit the spread of the virus, ramping up health system responses and announcing movement... Read more
12 March 2020
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A village health worker discusses family planning with women at Moeketsane Clinic in Mokhotlong. © UNFPA Lesotho/Violet Maraisane
HA MOEKETSANE, Lesotho – Regina Mokoena has seen first-hand how drought and climate change are increasing the demand for family planning in her village. Ms. Mokoena is a local health worker in Ha Moeketsane, in Lesotho’... Read more

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