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Y-Peer Moldova brings sexual health education to vulnerable youth

“It is not easy at all for me to live alone,” Tudor told UNFPA. He has been living by himself since he was 13 years old, when the last of his family members moved abroad to work.

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Health experts call for renewed focus on maternal, child deaths

Despite global commitments, unacceptably large numbers of mothers and newborns continue to die during pregnancy and in the days following childbirth. Yet the actions needed to save these women and newborns are largely…

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Five of the greatest sexual health advances since the birth of the UN

The United Nations was founded 70 years ago. In that time, the world has seen enormous advances in sexual and reproductive health. These changes have helped policymakers recognize that healthy and empowered women are…

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Violence survivors find compassion, care at Cameroon's Listening Centre

How does one comfort the family of an abused adolescent girl, or assist a pregnant survivor of sexual assault? In Batouri, in eastern Cameroon, these difficult tasks are the responsibility of two Catholic priests, who…

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Grim but essential, autopsies are saving lives in Bangladesh

Something went terribly wrong when Asta Banu gave birth. Her labour seemed to take forever, and when the baby – a boy – was finally born, he was unresponsive.

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Before it’s too late: Doctors take on one of the deadliest places for women

Health workers are learning to improve maternal survival in one of the world’s deadliest places for mothers. In the corner is a makeshift delivery room, where pregnant mannequins wait in various stages of labour.…

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“Never, ever” again – a former circumciser calls for an end to FGM

Asiya Hamed spent much of her life performing female genital mutilation (FGM) on girls in her community. She cannot remember how many girls she has cut, but she knows what the consequences have been.

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Girls’ rights: Goedele Liekens looks back on 15 years of progress

Today, on the International Day of the Girl Child, UNFPA’s Goodwill Ambassador Goedele Liekens reflects on how conditions have improved for girls’ health and rights over the last 15 years – and how much still has to be…

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The power of girls: African athletes call for gender equality, support for girls

The strength, power and potential of girls were unmistakable at the All African Games, held in Brazzaville last month, where many young female athletes were determined not only to win medals but also to advance the…

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