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Young people take the lead against Zika in Brazil

Young people are taking the lead against Zika in the slums and favelas of Brazil, where poor sanitation has led to a proliferation of mosquito-borne illnesses, including dengue, chikungunya and Zika virus. "The…

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The first rule of the married girls’ club is: empower girls

Fatuma was married off five years ago, when she was just 13. Like most girls from the remote Afar Region of Ethiopia, she had undergone female genital mutilation (FGM) when she was just a baby, and it was expected that…

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Refugees’ and migrants’ reproductive health needs overlooked

As world leaders gather in New York for the United Nations General Assembly, they will set out to address some of the greatest catastrophes in a generation: grinding conflicts that have set whole populations adrift,…

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Refugee mother and daughter fight rocketing rates of child marriage

“A girl I know from school here in the camp got married last year when she was 15,” Saba, 16, told UNFPA. Saba encouraged her friend to delay pregnancy until her body was more mature. But the pressure to have a child…

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“One-stop shop” brings life-saving HIV care, reproductive health to Botswana’s women

When Rose Matuulane was pregnant five years ago, she had to wait for a nurse to visit her small village, Otse, to provide antenatal check-ups. When the nurse could not make it, Ms. Matuulane had to travel 84 km to the…

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Flood relief in Myanmar includes family planning supplies

Monsoon floods are an annual hazard for Phoo Ngun’s family. Although their bamboo home stands on tall stilts, the kitchen has been submerged in rainwater. Ms. Phoo Ngun, 31, has set up a makeshift cooking area in their…

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Once frowned on, family planning offers a lifeline in South Sudan

Life is harsh in the northern city of Malakal. Once a vibrant commercial hub, much of Malakal is now a ghost town, its residents crammed into a protection camp on the city’s outskirts. Even there, safety is not assured…

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Giving birth amid Boko Haram insurgency; UNFPA reaching millions with care

Zarah Bunu was just a teenager when she was forced to flee her home in north-eastern Nigeria in 2014. The steady drumbeat of fear and violence caused by the Boko Haram insurgency pushed her and millions of others into…

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Haitian women felled by preventable cancer; simple test to save lives

Midwife Amoin Soulemane is running late for her appointment. With the consent of her patient, a 48-year-old woman, Ms. Soulemane quickly ushers her guests into the consultation. They will be observing a cervical cancer…

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