News on Maternal health

4 May 2018
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A midwife checks on a newborn during a house call in rural Yemen. © UNFPA Yemen
Hajjah, Yemen – “When the war broke out, I left my job in the city and came to Aslam,” Rawthah Ahmed, a midwife with 25 years of experience, told UNFPA. Her services are desperately needed in Aslam, a remote village in... Read more
3 May 2018
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Om Mehi Eddin holds newborn daughter Sham, safely delivered with the help of a UNFPA-supported mobile medical team serving evacuees from Eastern Ghouta. © UNFPA Syria
EASTERN GHOUTA, Syria – A surge in violence in Eastern Ghouta since February has forced the evacuation of over 158,000 people, leaving many with serious unmet protection and medical needs. The evacuees have been sent to... Read more
1 May 2018
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Bendu takes her daughter from a midwife at a health centre in Grand Cape Mount County, Liberia. © UNFPA/Elena Heatherwick
UNITED NATIONS, New York – May is a time for motherhood. Dozens of countries around the world observe Mother’s Day this month, celebrating the strength and beauty of mothers everywhere. The fifth of May, meanwhile, is... Read more
27 April 2018
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Early monsoon rains have arrived in Cox's Bazar, reigniting fears about the health and safety of refugees. A refugee woman in a muddy camp in late 2017. © UNFPA/Prince Naymuzzaman
COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh – Early monsoon rains have arrived in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, where hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees are living in flimsy tents of bamboo and tarpaulin, renewing fears of flooding,... Read more
26 April 2018
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In earthquake-affected Tamande, Mendi, local emergency responders meet with UNFPA staff. © UNFPA
MENDI, Papua New Guinea – When a 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck the remote Southern Highlands Province on 26 February, 18-year-old Julian Ako was heavily pregnant with her third child. She and her family emerged... Read more
19 April 2018
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Thousands of women in Piura remain affected by the floods. © UNFPA Peru/Angela Valverde
LAMBAYEQUE, PERU – When floodwaters engulfed the ĺllimo district on 14 March 2017, Lily Silva Aricoché led her family and neighbours to safety. During the months that followed, she coordinated assistance to flood... Read more
10 April 2018
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Out's pregnancy is assessed by a midwife during an antenatal home visit. © UNFPA/Ruth Carr
THAPANGTHONG, Lao People’s Democratic Republic – “Just lie still and relax. Breathe slowly,” midwife Khoun Keobouttavong told Out, 30. Out was laying on the floor of her small stilt house in the southern Thapangthong... Read more
9 April 2018
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The needs of migrant women and girls are falling through the cracks. Izdihar, a Syrian refugee in Jordan. © UNFPA Jordan/Sima Diab
UNITED NATIONS, New York – Today, international leaders are convening at United Nations Headquarters, New York, to discuss the critical issue of migration and human mobility, a megatrend that is reshaping the global... Read more
6 April 2018
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Lena Towai with her newborn son. They have been living at a displacement camp in East Pokot County since August 2017.  © UNFPA Kenya/Douglas Waudo
TANGULBEI, Kenya – The morning of 20 August began like any other for Lena Towai, 35. Ms. Towai was in the final days of pregnancy, eagerly awaiting the arrival of her seventh child. Only hours later, her world would be... Read more
4 April 2018
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MP Hadjira Oumouri attends the Comorian marathon on International Women’s Day. Her shirt says, "I am more than a mother. I am also a woman with ambition." © UNFPA Comoros/Nasser Youssouf
MORONI, Comoros – As a midwife, Hadjira Oumouri, 49, spent years advocating for the health and rights of women. Today, she is the second-ever woman Member of Parliament in the Comoros, and currently the only female MP.... Read more

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