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Maternal deaths declining in Morocco thanks to midwives, but more support needed

Madame Najat Baloui, a midwife in Casablanca, vividly remembers a childbirth that went horribly wrong. “A woman was delivering vaginally,” Ms. Baloui recalled. “After several hours, the labour stopped suddenly.”

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UNFPA seeks to reach 48 million women and girls in humanitarian crises

When Yemen’s unrelenting conflict arrived in Taizz City late last year, Ashwaq saw her neighbourhood fall to pieces. Amid the bombardments, her house caught fire. She, her husband and their four children – including a…

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Pregnant women, survivors of violence at risk in West Darfur clashes

Deadly clashes in West Darfur have uprooted tens of thousands of people from their homes. Reliable sources indicate that widespread gender-based violence is taking place, and thousands of pregnant women require urgent…

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Say IDONT: Top 7 things you didn’t know about child marriage

Around the world, Valentine’s Day is celebrated as a romantic time for couples. Yet millions of children are coupled up before they are ready, often against their will.

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In war-torn Yemen, life-threatening pregnancy complication finds a happy ending

Amani was delighted to be pregnant. Then she experienced a life-threatening complication.

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Kazakhstan adolescents demand information to avoid teenage pregnancies

UNFPA surveys show that teenagers in the country want to learn more about contraception.

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In Uzbekistan, midwives learn to make calls that save lives

Venera Jumabayeva acted fast to help Munira Kholmurodova recover from post-partum haemorrhage.

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“Never give up hope,” fistula survivor tells Pakistani women

Razia Shamshad suffered pain and humiliation from complications in childbirth. Then she turned her life around.

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From child brides and FGM survivors to leaders on a global stage

Monicah, 13, was astonished to learn that female genital mutilation (FGM) is not just an issue just within her community, in Kenya’s rural Samburu County. “I realized it we are not the only ones to practise FGM,” she…

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