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From promise to action: Ending preventable maternal deaths in Kenya

UNITED NATIONS, New York – Key governors committed to take action to reduce Kenya’s high maternal death rate at a UNFPA-organized meeting held this week in Nairobi.

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Youth volunteers in Iran show their selfies to promote role of young people

KERMAN, Iran – “Youth are the capital of Iran,” said Zahra Akbari, 27, at a UNFPA-supported training session for youth volunteers, held in in Kerman, Iran. The volunteers – all young women – also took part in UNFPA’s #…

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Serving Syrian refugee women amid Iraq's escalating crisis

AMMAN/NEW YORK - Over 200,000 Syrian refugees are living in Iraq, having escaped the four-year-long conflict in their homeland. Yet for some, the move offers little respite from crisis: A UNFPA assessment has shown that…

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Liberia's Ebola outbreak leaves pregnant women stranded

MONROVIA, Liberia – Ebola has devastated health systems in Liberia, where the outbreak appears to be intensifying. UNFPA is providing protective gear to health workers and safe delivery kits to health facilities,…

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Displaced Ukrainians find help, hope

LVIV, Ukraine – Hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced by the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine. Many are women with children, like Ketevan, a young woman whose recent displacement from Artemivsk, a city…

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On World Humanitarian Day, celebrating UNFPA’s humanitarian heroes

UNITED NATIONS, New York – “I was looking for a fulfilling, out-of-the-ordinary task... a motivating career where I could reach society at large and offer my expertise," said Catherine Njeri Makumi.

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Highest-level of emergency declared in Iraq

UNITED NATIONS, New York – UN officials have declared the humanitarian crisis in Iraq a “Level 3 Emergency,” the highest-level emergency designation. Over a million people have been displaced.

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UN Secretary-General and Malala Yousafzai join #showyourselfie campaign

UNITED NATIONS, New York – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and global girls’ rights icon Malala Yousafzai are the latest people to lend their support to UNFPA and the Global Poverty Project’s #…

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Quadruplets born in rural DRC, with help of emergency obstetric programme

KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of the Congo -“In one day, my world changed,” said Bokoli Bepete, 36, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). It was something of an understatement: Ms. Bepete had just given birth…

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