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Investing in youth pays dividends, evidence from Sri Lanka shows

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka – Young people hold the keys to the future; unlocking their potential will lead to a better world for everyone. These facts are supported by mounting evidence from Sri Lanka, where UNFPA has worked…

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Roadmap promises to save lives of 140,000 women and 250,000 newborns

UNITED NATIONS, New York – As the deadline for achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) draws near, advocates are intensifying efforts to improve maternal and newborn survival. At a meeting of the United…

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In South Sudan camp, midwifery training offers a crucial a lifeline

JUBA, South Sudan – It is the middle of the night in a crowded displacement camp in Juba, South Sudan, and 25-year-old Marsa Nyaluak is losing blood fast. She is in labour and has been bleeding for two hours. She needs…

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UN Secretary-General pledges support to reduce maternal death in Kenya

NAIROBI, Kenya – UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund in Kenya has welcomed a call by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for a special focus to be placed on adolescent girls to reduce maternal death in…

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Empowering communities saves women's lives in Tigray, Ethiopia

TIGRAY REGION, Ethiopia – Mitslal Giday has been working as a community mobilizer in the Tigray Region of northern Ethiopia for the past 20 years – and the last two have been some of the most exciting of her career, she…

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Women and girls at risk as conflict escalates in Iraq

UNITED NATIONS, New York – Approximately one million people have been displaced by the mounting crisis in northern and western Iraq. The deteriorating security has left some 250,000 women and girls – including nearly 60…

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Supporting survivors of gender-based violence in war-ravaged Syria

DAMASCUS, Syria – As a new mother, Wardeh’s life should have been filled with hope and anticipation. But like many young women in war-ravaged Syria, her life has become a daily struggle. Wardeh, 24, is one of an…

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Violence against women and girls: enough is enough, says UNFPA Head

UNITED NATIONS, New York – UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, in his remarks to government and United Nations officials today, underlined the need for urgent and intensified efforts to end gender-based…

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“Horse-cart of hope” offers critical health-care access to expectant mothers

DAKAR, Senegal – Asta Gaye was bleeding too much, said the traditional birth attendant in Diomande Walo, a Fulani village in northern Senegal. It was still dark on the morning of 30 September 2013, and Ms. Gaye had been…

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