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“They were afraid I would die”: Early motherhood puts girls at risk in the Republic of Moldova

“They told me that I needed to protect myself… but no one told me how to do that,” Maria* told UNFPA.

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Finding a role model amid confinement of Myanmar’s Rohingya camps

Girls in the community are often doubly vulnerable – they are members of the Rohingya ethnic group and they are girls in an isolated, traditional society.

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In Turkey, refugee child marriages drive adolescent pregnancies underground

“These girls don’t go to the doctor regularly," said Huda, a UNFPA midwife. "Some probably give birth at home."

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Girls in Azerbaijan battle disability stigma with sports

Life is often isolating for young people like Maryam. Girls living with disabilities often have few opportunities to engage with the broader world.

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HIV prevention efforts must reach most vulnerable – adolescents, young women, LGBTI communities

HIV prevention efforts are leaving the most vulnerable groups behind.

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Companies reach more than 1 million with family planning information in Philippines

“I used to believe that jumping after sex prevented pregnancy,” said Phoebe Tamondong, 25, in Laguna Province, in the Philippines. She is not alone – these and other family planning myths  are widespread. 

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Family planning liberating for women in rural Ethiopia

For years, Ms. Belay's family struggled to put food on the table. Yet she kept having one child after another – in all, she had seven sons.

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Midwives deployed to remote Afghanistan to lower maternal death rate

By midnight, Khurshid, 35, was in serious trouble. Five months pregnant and bleeding heavily, she had passed out at home.

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Balloons, disinfectant, brandy used in attempts to prevent pregnancy

World Population Day celebrates the 50th anniversary the right to family planning. On this day, UNFPA is also calling attention to people who are unable to realize this right.

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