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Organizations raise alarm over “global contraceptive crisis”

A coalition of reproductive health organizations is sounding the alarm over the unmet contraceptive needs of hundreds of millions of people. Lack of funding for contraceptives is placing millions of women’s lives at…

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Companies pledge to help reduce childbirth deaths in crisis settings

UNITED NATIONS, New York/KYESHERO, Democratic Republic of the Congo – Women do not stop giving birth when disaster strikes. Every day, about 500 women die of childbirth-related causes in humanitarian emergencies or…

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African presidents urge investment in youth as continent sees rare demographic opportunity

Presidents, ministers, and United Nations and World Bank officials met yesterday at UN Headquarters in New York to strengthen their commitments to the young people of Africa. The continent is undergoing a seismic shift…

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World leaders adopt ground-breaking plan to address refugee and migrant crisis

UNITED NATIONS, New York – Global leaders broke new ground today with a historic agreement that “rallies all partners around collective commitments to protect the human rights of all refugees and migrants,” said United…

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As displacements soar, Juba’s burdened clinics improvise to keep childbirth safe

Since the July outbreak of in violence , UN-protected camps in South Sudan’s capital have seen a spike in displaced people seeking shelter. The surge has compounded demands at the camps’ already heavily burdened health…

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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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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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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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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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