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In Liberia, contact tracing key to curtailing Ebola’s spread

MONROVIA, Liberia – Although there are signs the Ebola outbreak in Liberia is slowing, the fight against the disease remains an uphill battle. Underlying problems with the health system continue to impede public health…

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Bringing men into the equation: Men work to end violence against women

This week, UNFPA joins partners and advocates at the second international MenEngage Global Symposium, in New Delhi, India. The event brings together policy experts, researchers and activists to share new findings and…

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Media to play key role in eliminating FGM in Kenya

A new campaign highlighting the critical role of media in helping to end female genital mutilation (FGM) was launched in Kenya, Nairobi, last week. The campaign will engage global media outlets, particularly in Africa,…

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West Darfur woman defies opposition to antenatal care, safely delivers triplets

MORNEI, Sudan – Raising awareness of the importance of maternal health care is the first step toward improving maternal survival. This is what 26-year-old Khadija Abdulla did when she safely gave birth to triplets in…

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Estimated 75,000 pregnant women affected by floods in Pakistan

PUNJAB PROVINCE, Pakistan – When torrential rains flooded Asma Bibi’s village last month, the pregnant 18 year old was able to reach a rural health centre in the neighbouring Jhang District, where she received basic…

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Fistula campaign in South Sudan seeks lasting solutions

WAU, South Sudan – It seemed like the cards were stacked against Regina Awol Deng. She was forced to leave school when she was 7 years old, and to marry when she was a just teenager. She found herself pregnant at 17.…

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When the fear follows: Women's centres help Syrian refugees cope

DEIR ALLA, Jordan – “All I know is that I needed help badly,” said Reem,* a 22-year-old mother of three, at a women’s centre in Deir Alla, Jordan, supported by UNFPA and the Institute for Family Health (IFH).

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Dignity kits meet hygiene needs of displaced women and girls in Iraq

DUHOK, Iraq – In crisis situations, the needs for shelter, food and security are rightly given urgent attention. Yet the specific needs of women and girls are too often overlooked. Some 1.8 million people are internally…

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New birthing facility provides culturally sensitive maternal care for indigenous women in the Philippines

SITIO GAWASAN, Philippines – The road from Sitio Gawasan, on the Philippines island of Mindanao, to the nearest district health centre is a long one. Accessible only by foot or via bumpy motorcycle ride, the journey…

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