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3 June 2019
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Ms. Bedla and midwife Ms. Ruanto at the San Roque health centre. © UNFPA Philippines/Reginald Sarmenta
A UNFPA-supported project aims to replace manual reporting with simple barcode scanning for family planning stocks.
29 May 2019
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Ms. Nana says she wanted to work as a midwife to help improve family planning use. © UNFPA/Natalia da Luz
A veteran of multiple humanitarian crises is part of UNFPA's response team for Cyclone Idai in Beira.
28 May 2019
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UNFPA holds sessions raising awareness about gender-based violence, and the availability of support services, in a displacement camp in Yemen. © UNFPA Yemen
The prevalence of gender-based violence often increases in times of crisis, as protection mechanisms break down, support services falter and stresses on families mount. In Yemen, reports of gender-based violence... Read more
28 May 2019
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In India, 15-year-old Priyanka Meena sleeps outside her home when she has her periods. She wears the same clothes and uses the same utensils when she menstruates; these are believed to be unclean. © UNFPA India
“My periods are a nightmare,” Nyanjuma Galoth, 20, told UNFPA at a civilian protection camp in South Sudan. “They are very painful, and I can’t get any sanitary products.” It is a major source of stress, she said. “The... Read more
22 May 2019
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Farah* recently received surgical treatment for obstetric fistula. She says she can now "live a normal life." © UNFPA Afghanistan
“I saw myself as the living dead,” 50-year-old Laila* told UNFPA. She suffered terribly while giving birth in Pakistan 27 years ago. The prolonged, obstructed labour left her with an obstetric fistula – one of the most... Read more
21 May 2019
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Keflene Yakobo is now a fistula ambassador in her community, helping other women receive treatment and reclaim their lives. © UNFPA Tanzania/Bright Warren
Despite her best efforts, the delivery went worse than she could have imagined. Ms. Yakobo ended up with an obstetric fistula – one of the most serious and tragic injuries that can occur during childbirth.
20 May 2019
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Girls and women who undergo FGM face a range of serious health risks – from potentially fatal bleeding to childbirth complications to long-term psychological problems.
17 May 2019
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Years into Syria's grinding conflict, refugees need support to rebuild their lives. © UNFPA Iraq
"I felt the world just stopped and the few minutes that passed felt like an eternity. I couldn’t feel my heart beating anymore and broke into heaving sobs."
14 May 2019
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Without visiting the mobile clinic, Ja Htoi's condition would have gone unnoticed. © UNFPA Myanmar/Yenny Gamming
Anenatal checkups provided by mobile clinics are saving lives of mothers and babies among displaced people in Myanmar.
13 May 2019
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Today, Ms. Wen and Ms. Yan see eye-to-eye on the equality of women and girls. © Dushan Township Family Planning Office/Zhang Min
“Must a girl be of lesser value than a boy?" Wen Xiujuan asked, after having two daughters.

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