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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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Reaching pregnant women, new mothers in wake of Typhoon Koppu

Relief and recovery efforts are ongoing in the Philippines as floodwaters from Typhoon Koppu, known locally as Typhoon Lando, continue to recede. Among those affected are hundreds of thousands of women and girls of…

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As Yemen conflict drags on, women’s vulnerability grows

Conditions for Yemeni women and girls are deteriorating as the conflict in Yemen drags on. The stress and chaos of the crisis, coupled with entrenched gender inequality, have left women and girls extremely vulnerable to…

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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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