News on Maternal health

31 January 2018
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Abdullah Ali Abdullah has spent 30 years working with communities in North Kordofan to encourage abandonment of female genital mutilation. © UNFPA Sudan
EL OBEID, Sudan – In the early 1980s, Abdullah Ali Abdullah saw constant infections and childbirth complications while volunteering in a health centre in Sudan’s North Kordofan state. He soon realized many of these... Read more
24 January 2018
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A staff member at the newly opened clinic attends to a newborn baby. Image from UNFPA Syria and Al Mawadda
AL-TABQA CITY, Syria – A new reproductive health clinic has been opened in the embattled northern Syrian city of Al-Tabqa, which has been the site of intense fighting over the past five years. The second largest city in... Read more
4 January 2018
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Lily emerged as a leader after floods displaced thousands in and around Íllimo. © UNFPA Peru/Angela Valverde
LAMBAYEQUE, Peru – “When the disaster struck, I was in an advanced stage of pregnancy, and all I did was try to protect my life and my children’s lives,” said Lily, 40, describing how her family fled flooding in the... Read more
2 January 2018
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UNFPA and Syrian Arab Red Cross arrived in Sheikh Maqsoud on 28 December, the first time a UN agency has entered the area with aid. © UNFPA Syria
SHEIKH MAQSOUD, Syria – Two mobile reproductive health teams have been deployed to the Sheikh Maqsoud area of Aleppo following the arrival of a UNFPA and Syrian Arab Red Crescent mission on 28 December, the first time a... Read more
17 January 2018
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Syrian refugee Tayma Abzali gave birth to her daughter, Helen, last September in Greece. Lynsey Addario for Time
ATHENS, Greece/UNITED NATIONS, New York – Over two years ago, Greece became the centre of a refugee and migration crisis, with hundreds of thousands of people streaming into the country, many of them risking death to... Read more
6 December 2017
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“Auntie Leila,” a local member of the Rohingya community, reaches out to refugee women and brings them to UNFPA's women-friendly spaces. © UNFPA Bangladesh/Naymuzzaman Prince
COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh – The border between Bangladesh and Myanmar is the site of the world’s fastest growing refugee crisis. Over 620,000 Rohingya refugees from neighbouring Rakhine State in Myanmar have arrived in... Read more
24 November 2017
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UNFPA is distributing essential hygiene supplies to women and girls displaced by the earthquake. Photo courtesy of Civil Development International
ERBIL, Iraq – In the aftermath of the powerful earthquake that struck the Iraq-Iran border on 12 November, UNFPA has scaled up its emergency response to meet the needs of women and girls. The 7.3 magnitude earthquake... Read more
16 November 2017
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Women and girls are waiting for a fistula repair at Maiduguri’s State Specialist Hospital © Anne Wittenberg/UNFPA
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria – “One week after I delivered my second child, I realized that there was an issue,” Aisha told UNFPA from her hospital bed in Maiduguri, in north-east Nigeria. She had developed an obstetric fistula,... Read more
8 November 2017
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Romam Pchuek reaches out to pregnant women in Ratanakiri, encouraging them to seek appropriate care. © UNFPA/ Matthew Taylor
RATANAKIRI, Cambodia – In the remote farming village of Sakreang, in Cambodia’s far north-east, Romam Pcheuk visits pregnant women in their homes. “I keep my eye on the girls who are pale, and those that get pregnant... Read more
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

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