News on Sexual & reproductive health

30 July 2020
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Margaret Thwala-Tembe wears a protective gown, hair covering and face mask as she holds a newborn baby.
MBABANE, Eswatini – Once a month, Nolwazi Myeni receives a message on her mobile phone notifying her that family planning services are available despite the pandemic-related lockdown. “I felt very encouraged to be... Read more
11 July 2020
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UNITED NATIONS, New York – Officially, the COVID-19 pandemic has sickened 12 million people and left more than half a million dead. But the full toll of this catastrophe has been incalculably greater. Health systems... Read more
29 June 2020
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A midwife holds up a flip chart showing a family as she speaks about family planning to a room of women.
GODOMEY, Benin/ASSAHOUN, Togo/CONAKRY, Guinea – As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread, health workers in several West African countries say it has been challenging to prevent the spread of the virus while... Read more
23 June 2020
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Kabita Bhandari, wearing a face mask, stands apart from a group of men to whom she is speaking about family planning. The men are wearing masks. They are standing outside, under a terraced mountain.
KATHMANDU, Nepal – When Kabita Bhandari arrived at a COVID-19 quarantine centre in Baitadi District, in far-western Nepal, residents thought she was bringing food. They soon realized she was delivering another kind of... Read more
22 June 2020
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Girls join hands, showing they are working together. They are wearing orange skirts with the UNFPA logo.
LILONGWE, Malawi – Isaac Zatha, the headmaster of Chapita Primary School in the Malawian district of Salima, spent years watching his girl students disappear from class when they were married off or became pregnant. “... Read more
16 June 2020
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Ms. Brema stands at a chart, holding a pen, as she trains women in her village to become electricians. © Vincent Tremeau/Banque mondiale
AM TIMAM, Chad – Once, Adouia Brema was a child bride forced to leave school. Today, she gives her community the gift of light. Her journey – from vulnerable teen mother to solar cell electrician – shows the remarkable... Read more
11 June 2020
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Two women walk along a paved road. For some communities, the nearest health centre is two days away. ©UNFPA Panama/Osman Esquivel López
GNÄBE BUGLÉ REGION, Panama – Carmen was two days into an excruciating labour when she was carried to the nearest health clinic – three hours away – in a hammock held aloft by community members. Her situation was life-... Read more
29 May 2020
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A midwife on her way to a house call in a conflict-affected village of Yemen. © UNFPA Yemen
Hajjah, Yemen – In mid-May, just as the COVID-19 pandemic arrived in Yemen, funding for UNFPA’s life-saving reproductive health services dried up. UNFPA has been forced to suspend the provision of reproductive health... Read more
28 May 2020
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Illustration of women wearinng t-shirts inscribed with messages about menstruation: Menstruation is not a sign of illness. Health workers have periods too. Menstrual supplies are essential items.  © PONY for UNFPA
This article is a joint collaboration between UNFPA and UNICEF, lead agencies in the effort to ensure the health and rights of all people who menstruate. See a version of this article on UNICEF' s website. UNITED... Read more
22 May 2020
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A health facility in Tanzania’s Simiyu region, which was renovated through a two-year programme supported by UNFPA with funding from KOICA. © UNFPA Tanzania/Karlien Truyens
BARIADI, United Republic of Tanzania – Midwife Nuriat Koku Mtumbi remembers the day in March well: “It was raining heavily and Adimu* had delivered her baby on her way to our facility. “She was shielding herself under a... Read more

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