News on Maternal health

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
9 November 2018
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SANA’A, Yemen – Four years into conflict, Yemen has become home to the worst humanitarian crisis in the world. Over 22 million people are in need of immediate humanitarian assistance. Two thirds of the population do not... Read more
16 October 2018
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Some 88,000 people have been displaced by the twin disasters in Indonesia's hardest-hit areas. Ibu Fariati and her family now share a tent with six other families. © UNFPA Indonesia/Stenly hely Sajow
DONGGALA, Indonesia – “I am so scared. I can’t even describe it,” Ibu Fariati, 27, told UNFPA. On 28 September, Ms. Fariati’s home collapsed in a 7.5-magnitude earthquake that, just 30 minutes later by some accounts,... Read more
3 December 2015
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UNITED NATIONS, New York –  “The health and rights of women and adolescents should not be treated like an afterthought in humanitarian response,” Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, UNFPA’s Executive Director, said today at the... Read more
2 October 2018
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ITOGON, Philippines – On 16 September, Ginalyn Franco awoke to a storm. “The rains were so powerful that landslides started happening near our house,” she said. “We had no choice but to leave.” With her grandmother and... Read more
28 September 2018
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Women and girls have been disproportionately affected by the conflict in Yemen. © UNFPA Yemen/Fahmia Al-Fotih
UNITED NATIONS, New York – In the wake of the migration crisis and other humanitarian emergencies, women and girls are experiencing unconscionable trauma. Gender-based violence – including child marriage and forced... Read more
27 September 2018
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ADEN, Yemen – Seventeen-year-old Samah was six months pregnant when her house in Hodeidah was bombed.  “We ran with only the clothes we were wearing – there was no time even to get my abaya,” she recalled. “We travelled... Read more
6 September 2018
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For midwife Peter Door, spreading awareness about family planning is key to strengthening women's well-being and economic stability. Peter provides information on family planning to a mother in a Rumbek clinic. © UNFPA South Sudan
RUMBEK, South Sudan – More women in South Sudan die during pregnancy and childbirth than in nearly every other country in the world. Yet the vast majority of maternal deaths can be averted with proper antenatal,... Read more

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