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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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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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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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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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Campaign brings condoms, HIV testing and hugs to the Olympics

The #EuAbraço, or “#iEmbrace,” campaign is a massive public health initiative targeting Olympics spectators, fans and athletes with condoms, sexual and reproductive health information, HIV testing, information about…

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Joint UN programme aims to empower over 1 million girls in Mozambique

“Before I entered the safe space, I was shy, and it was difficult for me to express myself. I spent my free time after school with vulnerable girlfriends my age who had left school to marry, and some were even pregnant…

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Escape from Fallujah: Pregnant residents describe life on the run from ISIL

Residents of the long-embattled city of Fallujah are accustomed to hardship. But even for this battle-tested population, life under the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) was a nightmare,…

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Dispatches from the road: Goodwill Ambassador Ashley Judd on conflict, abuse and healing in Ukraine

"It’s amazing to me, on this, my first trip to Ukraine, how beautiful it is, and how much ugly gender violence there is. Every fifth Ukrainian woman has suffered from physical and/or sexual violence. Between 2007…

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