News on Maternal health

8 August 2018
News
A post-partum mother with her newborn at the Al Thawra Hospital ward. © UNFPA Yemen
HODEIDAH, Yemen – Escalating violence in Hodeidah, Yemen, threatens the city’s estimated 90,000 pregnant women and girls, UNFPA has announced. Some 14,000 of these women and girls are likely to encounter pregnancy-... Read more
6 August 2018
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Dr. Hadel Bakjaje says certain vaginal infections "can become chronic and can cause miscarriages and early births." © UNFPA Turkey/Usenabasi Esiet
SANLIURFA, Turkey – Refugee women and girls face extraordinary hardships. They endure grave risks and often brutal violence, and many are thrust into poverty. But they can also face another, more intimate, hardship, one... Read more
2 August 2018
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Maria with her youngest daughter. She lost weight after each pregnancy, alarming her doctors. © UNFPA Moldova/Dan Gutu
CIMISLIA, the Republic of Moldova – Maria* gave birth to her first child when she was 16, an age when most of her peers were graduating from secondary school. Today, at 22 years old, she has three daughters. “People who... Read more
26 July 2018
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Pregnant child brides need extra attention, says Huda, a UNFPA midwife in the Hayati Harrani women's and girl's safe space. “But our hands are tied because so few come for care.” © UNFPA Turkey/Usenabasi Esiet
SANLIURFA, Turkey – “Even today, we saw a 17 year old who is pregnant and already has a child,” said midwife Neval, sitting in the Devtesti Centre, a women’s and girls’ safe space in Sanliurfa, Turkey.  Some 475,000... Read more
10 July 2018
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Family health houses are helping midwives provide reproductive health care in far-flung parts of Afghanistan. © UNFPA Afghanistan
HERAT, Afghanistan – By midnight, Khurshid, 35, was in serious trouble. Five months pregnant and bleeding heavily, she had passed out at home. Her family carried her unconscious body to the nearest – and only – health... Read more
5 July 2018
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Women and girls require security, health care and other services in the aftermath of the disaster. © UNFPA Guatemala/Carlos Sebastián
ESCUINTLA, Guatemala – Marta Leiva, 7 months pregnant, leaned against two bags of donated clothes in her shelter in Guatemala’s Escuintla Department. She lost everything when her house was destroyed during the eruption... Read more
2 July 2018
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As the monsoon season hits Cox's Bazar, refugees at Kutapalong refugee camp and elsewhere fear they are vulnerable to landslides. © UNHCR/Adam Dean
COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh – With monsoon rains unleashing floods and landslides in Bangladesh, UNFPA and partner agencies are urgently working to secure Rohingya refugee camps and settlements in Cox’s Bazar District.  “... Read more
25 June 2018
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Najat suffered a traumatic birth injury, and nearly died, after her in-laws refused to take her to a hospital during labour. © National Midwives Association/UNFPA
SANA’A, Yemen – Najat, a trained midwife, was well aware of the dangers of pregnancy and childbirth. But when her own health needs and professional judgment clashed with her husband’s traditional ideas, she suffered in... Read more
12 June 2018
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Women and girls celebrating after their successful fistula repair surgeries at the Aberdeen Women’s Centre in Freetown © UNFPA Sierra Leone 2018/Angelique Reid
FREETOWN, Sierra Leone – “When I became pregnant in December 2016, I never attended a health clinic,” said 19-year-old Katimu Kanneh. “I drank traditional medicines supplied to me by traditional birth attendants in the... Read more
11 June 2018
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Phu Tu Nee, 19, gave birth with a UNFPA clean delivery kit as the first tropical storm of the monsoon season descended on the camps and villages of “forgotten” Rohingya in Myanmar’s Rakhine State. © UNFPA Myanmar/Yenny Gamming
DAR PAING, Myanmar – A deadly tropical storm, the first of the 2018 monsoon season, descended on Myanmar at the end of May, tearing apart hundreds of homes along the coast. As the storm pounded on her small shelter in... Read more

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