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Ethiopia's midwives grapple with the COVID-19 while ensuring safe delivery

“Midwives cannot maintain physical distance with a labouring mother like in other wards, making them too prone to acquiring infection with the virus.”

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Infection-control supplies delivered to Viet Nam maternal health facilities amid COVID-19 pandemic

Health experts in Viet Nam are calling for efforts to ensure continuous access to maternal health care amid the growing COVID-19 pandemic.

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Delivering triplets in war-torn Yemen, under shadow of pandemic

“We also kept hearing on the television about a new virus called corona that is killing people in many countries," said Aisha Hussain Sibtan. “I was even scared to go to the hospital."

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Bangladesh midwives continue saving lives as country responds to pandemic

When a young woman arrived at this Dhaka hospital with deadly post-partum haemorrhage, midwives did not have time to assess whether she might have COVID-19.

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COVID-19 affects Ukraine health systems already compromised by conflict

As the number of COVID-19 cases nears 1,500 in Ukraine, UNFPA is urgently distributing medical kits containing disinfectant and personal protective equipment.

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Gender-based violence spikes amid pandemic, shelters need support

Kosovo has seen a 17 per cent increase in gender-based violence. One city recorded a 100 per cent increase.

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Staggering numbers of women unable to exercise decision-making over their own bodies, new UNFPA report shows

A new report by UNFPA offers, for the first time, a global view of women’s decision-making power over their own bodies. The findings are dismaying.

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As COVID-19 pandemic increases childcare burden, calls for Georgian men to step up

School closures and stay-at-home orders are dramatically increasing the burden on parents, with women traditionally shouldering the majority of childcare responsibilities.

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Former child bride, once sold to pay debts, finds a new start

Intisar* was only 15 years old her parents sold her to another family to pay off a debt.

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