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19 May 2020
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A woman at a safe space in Raymah sews face masks for her community. © RHDH/UNFPA
With more than 130 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Yemen, and dozens of deaths, the country is struggling to keep the full impact of the pandemic at bay, even as funds of life-sustaining health services are running out.
15 May 2020
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Horihanny Del Valle, a pregnant migrant from Venezuela, has learned how to protect herself from COVID-19. © UNFPA Brazil
News of the COVID-19 pandemic had not reached Horihanny Del Valle, a pregnant 16-year-old migrant from Venezuela, until a few weeks ago, when she heard about the coronavirus from friends. “I saw people talking about and... Read more
14 May 2020
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When Maisarjaha Khatun went into labour, her family spent hours trying to find transport to emergency obstetric care. Image courtesy of Jiyaul Hak
"I thought I was dying due to the long labour pains," said Maisarjaha Khatun. Her family struggled to find transport to the hospital.
12 May 2020
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UNFPA is working with authorities in Pakistan to upgrade an app that provides emergency assistance to people at risk of violence, including women with disabilities. © UNFPA Pakistan
As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads around the world, the vulnerabilities and barriers faced by people with disabilities are only growing.
11 May 2020
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Members of the Garífuna community are making their own cloth masks to limit the spread of COVID-19. They are also turning to traditional foods and medicines. © UNFPA Honduras
As countries grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, indigenous and Afro-descendant communities are among the most vulnerable, with many facing poverty, poor health-care access and limited information. In Honduras, members... Read more
8 May 2020
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Aina attends a prenatal consultation with midwife Bakoly Rasoamanontany at Itaosy District Hospital of Reference. © UNFPA Madagascar/Hantanirina Andremanisa
Even under normal conditions, a minority of pregnant women in Madagascar give birth with the help of skilled health personnel.
8 May 2020
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A woman and her newborn at a UNFPA-supported health centre. More than 100 health facilities are at risk of closing. © UNFPA Yemen
Health workers, already stretched to the limit by five years of grinding conflict, are sounding the alarm that the pandemic could spell catastrophe for the country.
5 May 2020
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UNFPA-supported mobile service units are helping residents of Turkey's tent settlements implement infection control measures. © UNFPA Turkey/Esma Yılmaz
Mobile health services bring information, health care to seasonal agricultural workers, many of whom are refugees.
4 May 2020
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The pandemic has introduced danger and uncertainty to the start of motherhood.
Around the world, May is a time to celebrate mothers and the health workers who help them enter motherhood. But this month, as the COVID-19 pandemic sweeps through the world, these celebrations arrive on a sombre note.
28 April 2020
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Outreach workers in Syria are worried about the vulnerability of women and girls under curfew. © UNFPA Syria
A clear view of the toll of the COVID-19 pandemic is only beginning to take shape, but experts estimate the human cost could be extraordinary.

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