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Combating Tanzania's high child marriage rates

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania - Happiness, from the Mara Region of Tanzania, was 12 years old when her parents decided she was old enough to be married. They pulled her from school, planned to have her undergo female genital…

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Pregnant women forced to flee escalating crisis in Iraq

DUHOK, Iraq - With hostilities nearing her village in northern Iraq, 30-year-old Khawla had little choice but to flee - while she was eight months pregnant. She and her seven children spent days on the run before…

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Sierra Leone saves lives with sunlight

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone – Fatmata Kamara, from Sierra Leone’s Kambia District, could not hide her surprise when she learned she would not have to bring candles or a torch to the clinic when she was ready to deliver her…

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Ageing population doesn’t have to be a ‘time bomb,’ say experts

CHIANG MAI, Thailand - The catastrophe predicted to result from the rapid ageing of Asian populations is far from inevitable, said experts at a regional conference organized by the HelpAge International with support…

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In Sudan, male partners critical in fight against FGM

KHARTOUM, Sudan – Sheikh Mohamed Saeed, a 74-year-old community leader in Sudan’s Wad Sharefai Refugee Camp, has become an unlikely advocate to end female genital mutilation (FGM).Wad Sharefai Camp is in the eastern…

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From promise to action: Ending preventable maternal deaths in Kenya

UNITED NATIONS, New York – Key governors committed to take action to reduce Kenya’s high maternal death rate at a UNFPA-organized meeting held this week in Nairobi.

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Youth volunteers in Iran show their selfies to promote role of young people

KERMAN, Iran – “Youth are the capital of Iran,” said Zahra Akbari, 27, at a UNFPA-supported training session for youth volunteers, held in in Kerman, Iran. The volunteers – all young women – also took part in UNFPA’s #…

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Serving Syrian refugee women amid Iraq's escalating crisis

AMMAN/NEW YORK - Over 200,000 Syrian refugees are living in Iraq, having escaped the four-year-long conflict in their homeland. Yet for some, the move offers little respite from crisis: A UNFPA assessment has shown that…

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Liberia's Ebola outbreak leaves pregnant women stranded

MONROVIA, Liberia – Ebola has devastated health systems in Liberia, where the outbreak appears to be intensifying. UNFPA is providing protective gear to health workers and safe delivery kits to health facilities,…

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