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507 maternal deaths take place every day in emergencies, fragile settings, flagship report says

Humanitarian crises are taking an enormous toll around the world. More people are displaced today than at any time since World War II, and among those affected, women and girls are the most vulnerable.

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Post-rape care needed to protect against HIV in conflict-affected Ukraine

Even before the conflict in Ukraine, sexual and gender-based violence often went unreported due to stigma, fear of retribution, and lack of trust in legal, medical and social support systems. But the conflict has made…

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“If It’s Not On, It’s Not Safe”: Ugandan musicians promote condom use to save lives

“A commando dies if he neglects the bullet proof. How do you work on a farm minus gumboots?” raps popular Ugandan musician GNL Zamba in the hit song “If It’s Not On, It’s Not Safe”. Behind these clever lyrics is a life-…

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Empowering girls to take a stand against violence, abuse

Violence against women and girls is one of the world’s most pervasive human rights abuses. It happens every day, in every region, country and community on the planet, sometimes in plain sight.

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Acceptance of family planning grows in Afghanistan, but myths linger

HERAT, Afghanistan – "It is better to have one child rather than many, so you can give your child the support he needs and the best education you can offer," said Farzana, 37, at the family planning centre in Herat city…

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Young motherhood threatens girls in rural Cambodia

At 16 years old, Svet is struggling with the challenges of motherhood. Having dropped out of school after grade 4, she had not received any information about sexual and reproductive health, family planning, or childcare…

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Safe haven for girls living on the streets of Côte d'Ivoire

AD’s* nightmare began when her parents died. “My uncle decided to marry me off against my will. I refused and ran away.” She sought help from her brother-in-law, “but he asked me to return to my so-called husband,” she…

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Majority of maternal deaths take place in crises and fragile conditions

Updated figures released by the United Nations yesterday revealed that the global maternal death ratio has dropped 44 per cent since 1990, but too many women continue to die needlessly, and a majority of them are dying…

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Phone line answers burning questions of Afghan youth

A team of doctors are answering adolescents' questions at the Youth Health Line, the first-ever phone line designed to provide sensitive health information and assistance to Afghan youth.

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