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Reaching quake-affected pregnant women in Nepal

KAVRE DISTRICT, Nepal – In Nepal’s Kavre District, devastation stretches as far as the eye can see. Last week’s 7.8-magnitude earthquake flattened most of the homes in Kavre’s Rampur Village, and the majority of the…

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Midwives could help avert millions of maternal and newborn deaths

COTONOU, Benin – “I have seen more and more women with child-delivery problems suffer needlessly,” said midwife Florence Djihoun, 48, at her UNFPA-supported clinic in Cotonou, Benin. Globally, complications of pregnancy…

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Student midwives prepare to save lives in rural Bangladesh

Midwives-in-training hover over plastic anatomical models and practice using foetal stethoscopes the Dinajpur Nursing Institute, in northern Bangladesh. The skills they develop here will save countless lives. “I am…

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After flight from Syria, refugee women in Iraq find safety, support

ERBIL, Iraq – When 39-year-old Asma crossed the border from Syria into Iraq, all she could think about was the son she was leaving behind. “It was the worst day of my life – worse than all the shooting and attacks in…

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New estimates show 126,000 pregnant women affected by Nepal quake

UNITED NATIONS, New York/BUNGMATI, Nepal – Needs are quickly escalating in Nepal, in the aftermath of the 7.8-magnitude earthquake. UNFPA now estimates some 2 million women and girls of reproductive age are among those…

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Revised Policy and Procurement Procedures

The revised Policy and Procedures for Regular Procurement have been released.

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Bringing lifesaving reproductive health care to remote Mozambique

CABO DELGADO, Mozambique – It was a hot day in Mozambique’s Chiúre District, and 23-year-old Constangelina Basílio, brought her young son, Magalhães, into the shade of a tree before telling her story. “We have a special…

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Tens of thousands of pregnant women affected by Nepal quake

UNITED NATIONS, New York – The toll of deaths and injuries continues to mount days after a devastating 7.8-magnitude earthquake jolted Nepal on 25 April. Millions are thought to be affected across more than 30 of Nepal…

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Up a tree and eight months pregnant: A woman’s ordeal in the Malawi floods

NSANJE, Malawi – Alimanda awoke to the roar of floodwater rushing into her home. She roused her four children and hurried them into a nearby tree, and, as the water rose around her, she struggled to climb into its…

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