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Preventable maternal deaths down from 2000, but rate of progress at a crawl

"The decline is far from adequate,” said UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem. Data from 2017 show that approximately 810 women die each day of preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth.

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Joy after a frightening preterm delivery in Liberia

Out of nine pregnancies, Anna Bondo had suffered seven stillbirths, each one a crushing heartbreak. Last month, pregnant for the tenth time, Ms. Bondo went into an early labour, and immediately feared the worst.

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Life-saving services at risk as humanitarian funding dries up in Yemen

Every two hours, a Yemeni woman dies from complications of pregnancy and childbirth.

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Urgent support needed for violence-affected women and girls in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Thousands of women and girls have been subjected to gender-based violence.

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In this Comorian community, an ambulance horn is music to one’s ears

Who has not heard the horn of the Ouzioini ambulance? The ambulance’s distinctive low-pitched horn is a welcome sound to Ouzioini residents, who, until 2011, had to find their own transport to emergency care – at great…

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Ensuring safe deliveries in a humanitarian crisis in Maguindanao

Clean delivery kits help displaced women give birth safely in the conflict-affected southern Philippines.

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Mobile health teams bring life-saving care to fragile communities in Afghanistan

"We did not have enough money to take care of my health," Raihana said.

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Amid economic exodus, left-behind women begin to feel safe in Venezuela

Sexual and reproductive health conditions are starting to improve thanks to UNFPA-supported workshops for health workers.

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All-women team provides life-saving humanitarian support in Marawi

Umme Limbona remembers when she had to leap from a third-storey window – onto a neighbouring terrace – to escape a siege. It would not be her last act of heroism.

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