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Health camps bring life-saving care to disaster survivors

Months after the devastating earthquake in Nepal, access to essential health services remains a serious concern for survivors. To reach those most affected, UNFPA is supporting reproductive health camps, which bring…

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Madagascar sees a new generation of women leaders

“I used to tell young people to stand up for their ideas,” said Tiana Razafinimanana, in Antananarivo, the capital of Madagascar. Today, she is not only helping the country’s young people express their ideas – she is…

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Young leaders make the case for peace in Somalia

Somalia’s youth face an uphill struggle. More than 75 per cent of the country’s population is under 30 years old, according to the most recent population estimates, yet nearly three decades of conflict have left them…

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Sexuality education comes to Kyrgyzstan

Twelve-year old Aigul,* in eastern Kyrgyzstan, locked herself in a school bathroom and contemplated suicide. She thought she was pregnant – but she was very wrong.

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Silent no more: Radio in Cameroon amplifies the voices of women and girls

Conditions are often harrowing for women and girls in Cameroon’s Far North Region, where their health and rights typically take a back seat to those of men and boys. Violence, child marriage and maternal death are all…

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At Uganda hackathon, youth code their way to better sexual and reproductive health

The hackathon participants raced through the night to devise the best, most innovative mobile phone apps to promote sexual and reproductive health. The 'HackForYouth' event brought together youth and experts…

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Family planning helps refugees put their families, futures first

Casting convention to the wind, two brave South Sudanese refugees are speaking frankly about their decision to use family planning. After surviving conflict and enduring a perilous journey to Uganda, they are unwilling…

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Refugee with disability overcomes steep hurdles

Four decades ago in Syria, a medical mistake left Fatima deaf, but with hard work, her family learned sign language and helped her discover a talent for art. Then, three years ago, Fatima was forced to flee the violence…

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Young humanitarian responders vital in Nepal quake relief

Out of the catastrophic Nepal earthquake, a new kind of hero emerged – young humanitarian responders. Working with UNFPA, they have proved essential to relief efforts.

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