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Nine things you need to know about periods and the pandemic

Menstruation is misunderstood and stigmatized around the world, a fact likely to worsen under the COVID-19 pandemic. Below are ten things you need to know about periods and the pandemic – and what the world needs to do…

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In Yemen and around the world, obstetric fistula strikes the most vulnerable women

Hundreds of thousands of women are living with obstetric fistula – a traumatic birth injury. And it could be worsening.

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Safe birth services save lives, prevent childbirth injury in 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 tree” when she gave birth, Ms. Mtumbi…

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Silent solutions available to quarantined survivors of domestic violence

Oleksandra* was afraid to seek help, knowing her abuser might eavesdrop on her phone calls.

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With Yemen’s health system approaching a breaking point, displaced women sew face masks to protect community

With more than 130 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Yemen, and dozens of deaths, the country is struggling to keep the full impact of the pandemic at bay, even as funds of life-sustaining health services are running out.

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Pandemic complicates humanitarian crisis in Venezuela and surrounding countries

News of the COVID-19 pandemic had not reached Horihanny Del Valle, a pregnant 16-year-old migrant from Venezuela, until a few weeks ago, when she heard about the coronavirus from friends. “I saw people talking about and…

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In Nepal, COVID-19 turning pregnancy excitement into fear

"I thought I was dying due to the long labour pains," said Maisarjaha Khatun. Her family struggled to find transport to the hospital.

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Pandemic heightens vulnerabilities of persons with disabilities

As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads around the world, the vulnerabilities and barriers faced by people with disabilities are only growing.

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Indigenous, Afro-Honduran communities join together to fight pandemic

As countries grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, indigenous and Afro-descendant communities are among the most vulnerable, with many facing poverty, poor health-care access and limited information. In Honduras, members…

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