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9 April 2020
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After a complicated delivery, triplet boys were discharged in good health. Distance, conflict and the threat of the global pandemic kept their mother from seeking maternal health care. © BFD/UNFPA Yemen
“We also kept hearing on the television about a new virus called corona that is killing people in many countries," said Aisha Hussain Sibtan. “I was even scared to go to the hospital."
8 April 2020
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In pandemic-affected Madaripur, midwife Selina Akter delivered a baby girl. Image courtesy of Selina Akter
When a young woman arrived at this Dhaka hospital with deadly post-partum haemorrhage, midwives did not have time to assess whether she might have COVID-19.
6 April 2020
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A boy at home in the Donetsk Region of Ukraine. People are urged to stay home to avoid spreading the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), and health services are being scaled down. © UNICEF/UN0243125/Morris VII Photo
As the number of COVID-19 cases nears 1,500 in Ukraine, UNFPA is urgently distributing medical kits containing disinfectant and personal protective equipment.
3 April 2020
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UNFPA and partners are delivering essential items to women's shelters in Kosovo. © UNFPA Kosovo/Besnik Sherifi
Kosovo has seen a 17 per cent increase in gender-based violence. One city recorded a 100 per cent increase.
1 April 2020
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Yveka, 17, visits a UNFPA mobile clinic in Haiti. Haiti's former Minister of Women, Dr. Lise Marie Dejean, says many women lack autonomy over their bodies and health. © UNFPA
A new report by UNFPA offers, for the first time, a global view of women’s decision-making power over their own bodies. The findings are dismaying.
31 March 2020
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Journalist and teacher Giorgi Liparishvili plays with his son Tevdore. © UNFPA Georgia/Guram Kapanadze
School closures and stay-at-home orders are dramatically increasing the burden on parents, with women traditionally shouldering the majority of childcare responsibilities.
26 March 2020
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A woman in Iraq.  © UNFPA Iraq/Seivan Salim
Intisar* was only 15 years old her parents sold her to another family to pay off a debt.
19 March 2020
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Women face increased risk of violence, loss of livelihoods and other threats under the pandemic. © Unsplash/Tam Wai
As the COVID-19 pandemic rages around the world, governments are taking unprecedented measures to limit the spread of the virus, ramping up health system responses and announcing movement restrictions affecting millions... Read more
12 March 2020
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A village health worker discusses family planning with women at Moeketsane Clinic in Mokhotlong. © UNFPA Lesotho/Violet Maraisane
Regina Mokoena has seen first-hand how drought and climate change are increasing the demand for family planning in her village.
5 March 2020
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Sanitary supplies, medical equipment and other essentials are being distributed in the hardest-hit parts of China. © UNFPA China
Pregnant women should take routine preventative actions to avoid infection with the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19), UNFPA announced in a statement today. Little is currently known about the vulnerability of pregnant... Read more

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