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End fistula: After 66 years of living with fistula, a Malawian woman finally receives repair surgery

Alice Sabuni has been living with obstetric fistula since 1949, when she gave birth to her first child, at age 17, a year after she was married. Now 83, many of her recollections from those days have grown a bit hazy,…

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Searching for a safe space: The story of a young Rohingya woman displaced in Myanmar

Khin Me Me Htun was 22-years old when a wave of inter-communal violence swept across the state of Rakhine in 2012. At the time, she had just graduated with a degree in English from Sittwe University, and was planning to…

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With a midwife’s help, quadruplets are safely delivered in remote Afghanistan

It was midnight in the remote Afghan village of Balakoh, and 37-year-old Zainab was entering her tenth hour of labour in her mountainside home. With no skilled birth attendant present and her pain steadily increasing,…

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Door-to-door service: Home visits help fight gender-based violence in conflict-impacted eastern Ukraine

“I don’t remember the first time my husband beat me,” says Iryna, age 33. “Only the pain, shame and tears.” But she remembers the last time. As the now two-year old conflict in eastern Ukraine raged on, the already…

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Improving access to family planning in Haiti amidst the threat of Zika virus

Reaching the health clinic closest to Baie D’Orange, a remote, landlocked town in the southeast of Haiti, requires walking two hours over poor roads to the town of Seguin. As a result, women and girls living in this…

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Midwives on the frontlines of fighting maternal death in Somalia

Maymuum's mother died giving birth. Today, newly graduated midwife Maymuun provides lifesaving care to other pregnant women and newborns in Somalia.

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Pregnant in a city under siege: Yemeni refugees find safety and maternal services in Djibouti

Four months pregnant and living amidst constant shelling and airstrikes, Jamila decided she had to flee her home in Taizz City, Yemen. “To leave everything behind and flee, not only for your own life, but for the life…

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Investing in girls: Cash incentives help promote gender equality in India

“I am getting financial support for my education from the government, whereas my brother, who is studying in the same school as me, is not eligible for that,” says Guneet*, an adolescent girl currently enrolled in…

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Women widowed by ISIL find hope and support in Iraq

Nadyia had to make a decision. Shortly after members of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) seized control of Tall Afar, in north-western Iraq, she says the militants forcibly removed her…

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