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Free transport helps pregnant women in Madagascar safely deliver amid COVID-19 lockdown

Even under normal conditions, a minority of pregnant women in Madagascar give birth with the help of skilled health personnel.

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COVID-19 strikes Yemen as humanitarian funding dries up

Health workers, already stretched to the limit by five years of grinding conflict, are sounding the alarm that the pandemic could spell catastrophe for the country.

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Protecting seasonal workers in Turkey’s tent settlements from COVID-19

Mobile health services bring information, health care to seasonal agricultural workers, many of whom are refugees.

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Mothers, midwives risking their lives to bring new life into the world

Around the world, May is a time to celebrate mothers and the health workers who help them enter motherhood. But this month, as the COVID-19 pandemic sweeps through the world, these celebrations arrive on a sombre note.

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Millions more cases of violence, child marriage, female genital mutilation, unintended pregnancy expected due to the COVID-19 pandemic

A clear view of the toll of the COVID-19 pandemic is only beginning to take shape, but experts estimate the human cost could be extraordinary.

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Pandemic leaves older populations struggling with isolation in Serbia

“We know the psychological effects of isolation can have multiple negative effects,” said Natasa Todorovic of the Red Cross of Serbia.

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Learning from Ebola experience, Liberia deploys contact tracers to break COVID-19 transmission

UNFPA is co-leading the COVID-19 surveillance effort and the coordination of contact tracing. Heroic contact tracers are risking their lives to contain the disease.

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Imprisoned, quarantined women need hygiene supplies in El Salvador

Women in prisons rely on hygiene items supplies delivered by relatives during visitation days – which have halted due to the global pandemic.

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Pandemic threatens communities ravaged by war and crisis, global support needed

“During my visits, I saw a woman being beaten by her husband during the curfew,” a Syrian outreach worker said.

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