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Two African Beauty Queens on a Mission to End Obstetric Fistula

Obstetric fistula, associated with incontinence and social isolation, is hardly glamorous. But two African beauty queens – Miss Ghana@50 and Miss Liberia 2009 – are using their glamour and recognition to raise awareness…

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Midwifery and Nursing Schools Destroyed by Haiti Earthquake

PORT-AU-PRINCE — The January 12 earthquake in Haiti didn’t stop at taking lives and crippling people. It also wreaked havoc on the very foundations of the country’s institutions, such as government ministries, hospitals…

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Hungry and Homeless: Pregnant Women Seek Safe Births in Devastated City

PORT-AU-PRINCE  --- Lafleur Clermite and her husband, Wilkison Meda, along with their four children, sought refuge among the crowds on the plaza after their house was destroyed in the disaster. Lafleur was nearly nine…

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Overcrowded Hospital Wards: Performing Caesarean Sections on a Park Bench

PORT-AU-PRINCE—Six days after the devastating earthquake that hit Haiti, hospitals in the capital, Port-au-Prince, are flooded with victims, many of them with crushed limbs or fractured bones. But another kind of…

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Waiting to Give Birth Among Rubble and Disaster Victims

PORT-AU-PRINCE—Dientola Astrel, a pregnant 29-year-old woman, says she was out walking when the devastating earthquake hit Haiti.

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Earthquake in Haiti: UNFPA Concerned Over Critical Situation for Women

PANAMA CITY, Panama — UNFPA extends solidarity and compassion to the people of Haiti who are suffering from the recent devastating earthquake.

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Scaling Up Access to Family Planning in Southern Ethiopia

WOLAITA SODO, Ethiopia — It’s no ordinary day for Fanaye Fanta. Since her initial training to become a health extension worker three years ago, Fanaye has taken clients’ temperature and blood pressure and provided…

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United States Renews Full Commitment to ICPD

UNITED NATIONS — United States Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton today marked the 15th anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) by announcing her government’s renewed…

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Travel Restrictions Based on HIV status Removed in Republic of Korea and US

GENEVA, WASHINGTON, DC – UNAIDS, as well as UNFPA, one of its ten cosponsors, strongly welcome the elimination of travel restrictions based on HIV status by the Republic of Korea, effective 1 January 2010.

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