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A fresh start for women sanitation workers in India

The UNFPA-supported Women’s Mechanized Cleaning Cooperative in India was launched in October 2021 to help eliminate the degrading and hazardous practice of manual cleaning of public sewer systems in India. Women…

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In this refugee camp, midwives have delivered over 14,000 babies with zero maternal deaths

"I consider all the children as my own, because I was there for them when their eyes saw light for the first time," said Ammoun Kitabi, a midwife working in the camp.

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Game-changing app tracks essential family planning supplies in Kenya

ISIOLO, Kenya – As a frontline health-care worker at Isiolo County referral hospital, Denis Mutirithia has a critical role in saving lives – and a new digital tool to help him do so. The pharmaceutical technologist is…

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Adolescents with questions find answers via live-streamed sexuality education in China

An innovative eight-session live-streamed course on comprehensive sexuality education covers a range of topics that adolescents everywhere want to know about.

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In Pakistan’s remote areas, midwives ensure care beyond safe birth

During the pandemic, 24-year-old Seema moved to Koohi Goth, an urban slum on the outskirts of Pakistan’s largest city, to be closer to her parents. She had three daughters, the youngest of whom died as a newborn because…

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Emergency help is a phone call away for midwives in Afghanistan

Kabul, AFGHANISTAN – One evening in August, Firoza, a 34-year-old mother of five, was rushed from her village of Chesht-Sherat in Herat Province to a UNFPA-supported Family Health House. She was in labour but had…

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2021: A look back at a year of assistance amidst adversity

A look back at some of the year's photos, reminders of the everyday but extraordinary heroism shown by those working to secure the health and rights of their community, and a glimpse what we have to look forward to.

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Mobile health units are saving lives in Libya

Rahma was delivering at home when complications arose: obstructed labour, internal bleeding and low haemoglobin levels. The 18-year-old, a migrant from Niger, was rushed to a mobile health unit in Ghat, where after…

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A pilot programme in Myanmar provides both menstrual health support and economic opportunity

As a woman living in an internally displaced persons camp in Kayah State in eastern Myanmar, Ei Ei* has limited access to menstrual hygiene products. “Without income, I could not afford to buy these things unless…

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