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As Rohingya refugees pour into Bangladesh, UNFPA deploys midwives, safe spaces

An “unprecedented” flow of Rohingya refugees is crossing the border into Bangladesh, with an estimated 370,000 people pouring across the border since 25 August to escape the latest violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine State.

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UNFPA responds as entire population of Barbuda evacuated following Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma, one of the most powerful storms ever recorded, has destroyed almost all critical facilities in Barbuda, forcing the evacuation of the entire population to Antigua.

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Escape at dawn: running away from child marriage and FGM in Kenya

I woke up one morning, and my father told me that we were poor and needed money,” said Faith Kiraison, describing the moment she learned she was engaged. She was 11 years old at the time. Her father explained that an…

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“I decide for myself”: South Sudanese woman shows the power of knowledge

Elizabeth Ayumpou Balang is a teacher at a nursery and primary school in Rumbek, a town in central South Sudan. It is her dream job, but it did not come easily. Like many girls in South Sudan, Ms. Balang was married,…

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Violence, fear limit access to pregnancy care in Democratic Republic of Congo's Kasai area

Jacqueline Lusambo is 18 and pregnant, and has spent the last six months living in the bush, hiding from the conflict that rages through Kasai Central, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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Nepal floods put pregnant women and new mothers at risk

Devastating floods have caused widespread displacement and destruction in southern Nepal, a disaster that has put pregnant women, post-partum mothers and other vulnerable women and girls at serious risk.

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Alarming shortage of health personnel in conflict-affected Nigeria

Retired but not tired. This is how people describe Hauwa Lassa, a nurse and midwife who came out of retirement to care for women and girls affected by the conflict in north-eastern Nigeria. “I have been working in the…

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Men in rural Ethiopia show that family planning is not just a women’s issue

Sileshi Deguale said it was last year that he made the biggest decision of his life, a choice that would help his wife regain her health by protecting her from unplanned pregnancies – he got a vasectomy.

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Girls' voices essential in Philippines campaign against teen pregnancy

“I want to be a doctor someday,” said Shaina Macmac, 16, a senior at the WPU-Agricultural Science High School in Palawan, a southwestern province of the Philippines. “Aspirations in life drive young girls like me to…

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