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India Steps Up to the MDG 5 Challenge

When 20-year-old Hukam Kawar was brought for delivery to a primary health centre in Bhilwara District of Rajasthan, her husband Chan Singh was not sure whether his wife and child would survive.

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Stories and Strategies Behind Recent Reductions in Maternal Mortality

It took 30-year-old Zemzem 20 hours to get from her rural village in Ethiopia to the nearest hospital for the delivery of her fifth child. By the time she arrived, her uterus had ruptured.

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Life on the Edge: A Closer Look at the MDGs through the Lens of Young People

NEW YORK — On paper, the Millennium Development Goals form a neat and orderly roadmap of development priorities. How these priorities match up with the complicated lives of young people struggling to find their way in…

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More than a Game: Using Football to Gain Traction on Health Issues in Uganda

ACHOLI SUB-REGION, Northern Uganda — Although hostilities in this area ceased in 2006, the lives of young people, formerly targets for abduction by the Lord’s Resistance Army, have not been easy.

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Special Youth Fellows Head Back to Work in their Home Countries

NEW YORK — Each spring, the halls of UNFPA come alive with youthful energy as a new crop of Special Youth Fellows come on board. And then, four and a half months later they leave, to take experiences and capacities…

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UNFPA Executive Director Delivers Her Final Executive Board Statement

NEW YORK — When she first addressed her Executive Board nearly a decade ago, Executive Director Thoraya Ahmed Obaid highlighted three basic challenges facing UNFPA: ensuring a financially stable Fund, strengthening its…

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World Youth Conference: Why It Pays to Invest in Young People

LEON, Mexico — The idea that governments must invest more in young people been repeated in forums and panels throughout the World Youth Conference this week. But why is this so important?

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Preventing Teenage Pregnancy in Ecuador

RIOBAMBA, Ecuador — When fifteen-year-old Maria Victoria Urquizo tends to the potato-field in front of her brother’s house in the indigenous community of Guanilchig, she has a stunning view of the majestic, snow-capped…

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UNFPA Teams Up with MTV Latin America to Highlight Youth Culture and Reproductive Health

LEON, Mexico — “Culture cannot change unless you stand up and say something,” said Thabo Sephuma, a 29-year-old South African who has lived in five different countries and encountered discrimination first-hand.

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