News on Maternal health

31 July 2017
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Midwife Nan Win Phyu at the Nam Khoke Rural Health Centre uses a family planning wheel to explain contraceptive options. © UNFPA Myanmar/Si Thu Soe Moe
NAM KHOKE VILLAGE, Myanmar – Nan Aye Aye Lwin walked for three hours to reach the Nam Khoke Rural Health Centre. When she arrived, in the late afternoon, the anxiety was apparent on her face. She has two children, she... Read more
28 July 2017
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Women participate in a community discussion about ending practices that are harmful to women and girls. In this session, they are talking about child marriage. © UNFPA Ethiopia/Meron Negash
BENISHANGUL-GUMUZ, Ethiopia – Three times, Abebech Kabla has given birth alone in the woods. Each time, she thought she might die. The first time, she was only 13 years old, a year into her marriage. “Even after giving... Read more
26 July 2017
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Ruqayya and her newborn recover at the Pan-Armenian Charity clinic, outside the Al-Areesheh displacement camp in north-eastern Syria. © UNFPA Syria
DAMASCUS, Syria – Ruqayya was pregnant when she fled the embattled city of Deir ez-Zor, in north-eastern Syria, with her husband and two young children. The family took refuge in Al-Areesheh camp, in Al-Hasakah... Read more
21 July 2017
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Dr. Farea at 22 May Hospital, in Sana’a, checks in on Ibtisam, a pregnant woman with cholera. © UNFPA Yemen
SANA’A, Yemen – The cholera outbreak in Yemen is spreading at an unprecedented rate, with suspected cases of acute, watery diarrhoea increasing by an average of 5,000 every day, and nearly one person dying every hour,... Read more
14 July 2017
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Kate and Samuel Opio with their twins at Inomo Health Centre III, in Uganda's Apac District. They now plan to use a modern contraceptive method. © UNFPA/Prossy Jonker Nakanjako
APAC, Uganda/LONDON, United Kingdom – Kate Opio, 33, was buoyant, cuddling one of her newborn twins in the maternity ward at a health centre in Uganda’s Apac District. The other twin slept peacefully beside them. But... Read more
14 July 2017
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A young woman at a fistula-repair campaign in Batouri, Cameroon. Obstetric fistula is a life-altering childbirth injury that afflicts the world's most marginalized women. But it can be repaired – and prevented. © UNFPA Cameroon/Olive Bonga
BATOURI, Cameroon – Amina was married when she was just a child. Soon after, she became pregnant, and, at only 13 years old, she went into labour. As is the case with many girls her age, Amina’s body was not mature... Read more
11 July 2017
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Anjana rests with her newborn baby in Moulvibazar, Bangladesh. Both mother and baby survived an obstructed labour, thanks to the intervention of a midwife. © CIPRB/Animesh Biswas
MOULVIBAZAR, Bangladesh – When labour pains started for Anjana, 20, she had no idea her life was at stake. She was 36 weeks into her first pregnancy, and felt contractions for a full day before her family called for the... Read more
6 July 2017
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A mother and her baby at a UNFPA-supported clinic in Windhoek. A project is improving reproductive health care and increasing the people reached with HIV services. © UNFPA Namibia/Emma Mbekele
GOBABIS, Namibia – Each morning, single mother Elizabeth Kazapua rises at 4:30 to begin her hour-long trek to work at Epako Clinic in Gobabis, Namibia. There, at the site of a ground-breaking pilot project, she greets... Read more
3 July 2017
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A family opens up a UNFPA-supplied dignity kit at the evacuation centre in the Moneerah Integrated School. © UNFPA
ILIGAN, Philippines – Nineteen-year-old Tarhata Mostare gave birth to her third child at home on 23 May – the same day fighting erupted between government forces and the Maute and Abu Sayyaf armed groups in the city of... Read more
19 June 2017
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Midwifery students listen to a fetal heartbeat. A new generation of midwives will shore up reproductive health care in Ebola-ravaged Sierra Leone. © Olivia Acland, United Nations
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone – The horrific Ebola outbreak in West Africa came to an end one year ago. The crisis left over 3,900 Sierra Leoneans dead and health systems in disarray – yet the true toll of the epidemic has... Read more

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