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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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Family planning fair dispels rumours, empowers women

It was no ordinary fair. In the village square of Ahua Village, in rural Côte d’Ivoire, midwives and health workers provided pregnancy and HIV testing, cervical cancer screenings, family planning counselling, and free…

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“Hosting a bigger family”: Displaced Iraqis come together for Ramadan

More than three million people have been displaced by the violence engulfing Iraq. Iraqi families are now observing the holy month of Ramadan – many from tents or trailers, in unfamiliar surroundings.

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Helping girls stay in the game

Sports offer a valuable avenue for reaching young people with messages about making healthy choices. In Jamaica, UNFPA has partnered with Netball Jamaica to teach adolescents about sexual and reproductive health, human…

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Pass the scalpel: Mid-level surgical staff save lives in Ethiopia

But its humble appearance, this hospital is a game changer. Without expensive upgrades or expansions, it has dramatically increased the care it provides to pregnant women – and the lives it saves.

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