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UNFPA Responds to the Health Sector Crisis in Zimbabwe

As the humanitarian crisis in Zimbabwe deepens and its health systems collapse, UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, has intensified its efforts to aid pregnant women and their families by providing critical…

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Legacy of War: An Epidemic of Sexual Violence in DRC

Forty year-old Angelique reveals a gunshot wound in her back to women in the Keyshero Medical centre, while her six-year-old daughter reaches up to touch it.

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Earthquake in Kyrgystan: Broken Hearts and Homes

NURA, Kyrgystan On the night of 5 October, most of the children and older persons in the small village of Nura were tucked in their beds when a powerful earthquake struck.

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When a Culture of Silence Collides with Crisis in the Pacific Islands

SUVA, Fiji—Nervous laughter scatters across a room where representatives from the Pacific Island ministries of health and others have gathered for training on sexual and reproductive health care in emergencies.

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Addressing Harmful Traditions in a Refugee Camp in Chad

IRIBA, Chad — The air at the Touloum refugee camp in eastern Chad, is eerily calm. Many of the 23,000 refugees have been here since 2004, when they fled violence in the Darfur region of Sudan.

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Cultural Dimensions of HIV Prevention in Guyana

GEORGETOWN, Guyana—Anesa Barnes (17), is a peer educator in a HIV prevention programme in Parika, a town on the banks of Guyana’s huge Essequibo River.

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Cultural Dimensions of Safe Childbirth in Thailand

HAT YAI, Thailand– Nurama ‘Mee’ Jaedo is a young woman with a mischievous smile and no regrets, even though the baby she had at the age of 16 was not planned.

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Afghan Mullahs Promote Women's Health and Rights

FAIZABAD, Afghanistan—Qurban-Bibi knew she had to get to a hospital when she went into labour. After a previous Caesarean delivery, doctors had told her she would need another operation if she delivered again – it was a…

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New Report Calls for the Protection of the Human Rights of Migrants

NEW YORK, New York—States, while exercising their sovereign right to determine who enters and remains in their territory, have an obligation to protect the human rights of migrants, according to a new report produced by…

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