News on Maternal health

7 November 2017
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UNFPA works with youth groups to provide sexual and reproductive health information and services. A UNFPA-supported HIV screening for young people in Moroni. © UNFPA Comoros
MORONI, Comoros – Sara* was 17 when she found out she was pregnant. Living in a rural village in the Comoros, she carried the entire pregnancy in secret, and then gave birth in a hospital bathroom. “Our society does not... Read more
2 November 2017
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Anya Shevko with her daughter Nastya. The family struggled to obtain wheelchair-accessible reproductive health services. Photographed by Denis Zelenko for Imena  Magazine
MOZYR, Belarus – When Anya Shevko, 29, became pregnant, she had to weigh herself at a recycling centre because the local maternity clinic did not have suitable scales. Even visiting the clinic was difficult because Anya... Read more
27 October 2017
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Mothers share their stories with a UNFPA staff at Ulakan Camp. © UNFPA Indonesia/Nun Sol Jang
ULAKAN CAMP, Indonesia – Escalating volcanic activity at Mount Agung in Bali prompted Indonesian authorities to issue an SOS alert, the highest-level warning, on 22 September. Currently, over 133,000 people are still... Read more
23 October 2017
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Natalia dropped out of school after becoming pregnant. © UNFPA/Ruth Carr
AILEU, Timor-Leste – “I knew a little bit about how a baby is made, but not too much,” said Natalia, 19, in the Aileu district in the rocky highlands of Timor-Leste. Her 1-year-old daughter, Afeena, was sleeping nearby... Read more
20 October 2017
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Horrific accounts of rape and other forms of sexual violence have been widely reported. © UNFPA Bangladesh/Naymuzzaman Prince
COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh – “My sister was killed after gang rape in front of me, and they threw hot water on my body,” Fatima*, 30, told a case worker at a UNFPA-supported women-friendly space in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh... Read more
16 October 2017
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Around the world, vast inequalities have trapped people in a cycle of poverty and marginalization. © Andrea Bruce/Noor
UNITED NATIONS, New York – Vast inequalities threaten economies, communities and nations, says The State of World Population 2017, UNFPA’s flagship report, released today. Yet these inequalities are not simply a matter... Read more
4 October 2017
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Women affected by the Marawi crisis share their experiences at a UNFPA’ women-friendly space in Barangay Bubong, Saguiaran. © UNFPA Philippines
PAWAK, Philippines – Jamela Sani stood before a group of girls and new mothers, explaining that violence against women is an abuse – and that help is available. They were gathered in a tent in Pawak, a village about... Read more
28 September 2017
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Ahlam was able to safely give birth by Caesarean section at a health facility with UNFPA-provided supplies. © UNFPA Yemen/Fahmia Al-Fotih
UNITED NATIONS, New York/TAIZZ, Yemen – “My husband and I agreed to use family planning and not have more kids, but he was pressured by our family and I got pregnant again,” said Ahlam, a mother of two in Yemen, earlier... Read more
25 September 2017
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Yana Duka is one of 35 cholera patients in a provisional health facility in Muna camp. She lost her pregnancy after falling ill. © UNFPA/Anne Wittenberg
Maiduguri, NIGERIA – Yana, 25, was three months pregnant when she fell sick with cholera just days ago. “I was already suffering, but then I started bleeding, and the baby is gone now,” she told UNFPA in one of the tent... Read more
14 September 2017
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UNFPA staff survey the aftermath of the disaster, which has affected thousands of households. © UNFPA/Sulaiman Stephens
Regent, SIERRA LEONE – “I saw the rocks from the hill fly up into the air,” Martha Kamara, 28, told UNFPA, describing the floods and landslides that devastated 13 areas in Freetown, Sierra Leone’s capital, last month.... Read more

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