UNFPA News

26 August 2014 - Dispatch

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, helping to restore access to life-saving care. Still, the situation remains dire. more

26 August 2014 - Dispatch

Needs of Syrian refugees grow as crisis escalates in Iraq

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 northern Iraq is facing its worst humanitarian and health emergency in years. more
21 August 2014 - Dispatch

UN Secretary-General reappoints Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin as UNFPA Executive Director

UNITED NATIONS, New York – The United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, has reappointed Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin as the Executive Director of UNFPA. In his statement on the appointment, the Secretary-General noted his “appreciation for UNFPA’s progress in effective management for results, especially for the most disadvantaged women and adolescent girls”. more
19 August 2014 - Statement

Statement of UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin for World Humanitarian Day 2014

As we celebrate World Humanitarian Day, I salute those who respond to crises and work tirelessly to save people in times of deep distress and danger. Today’s theme, “The World Needs More Humanitarian Heroes,” calls attention to the courage and commitment of humanitarians who respond to increasing disasters and persistent conflicts around the world. They put their own lives at risk to save the lives of others. more
19 August 2014 - Dispatch

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. She has found exactly that. In her role as a volunteer midwife working with UNFPA in Juba, South Sudan, she works around the clock to meet the needs of pregnant women, many of them displaced by the country’s ongoing conflict. more
19 August 2014 - Dispatch

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 in the Luhansk Region of Ukraine, was the second time she has been forced to escape violence. more
19 August 2014 - Dispatch

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 by violence, and many more are at risk, with hostilities limiting access to essential services. UNFPA is working around the clock to support the needs of the displaced. more
18 August 2014 - Opinion

Expanding Sexual, Reproductive Health to Score Development Goals

With just 500 days left to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), we must all intensify our actions to hit our targets, especially the MDG 5 targets to reduce maternal death and achieve universal reproductive health. There is no time for complacency when 800 women and girls continue to die each day of pregnancy and childbirth complications, and more than 220 million women who want to plan their births continue to lack modern contraception. more
18 August 2014 - Dispatch

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 #showyourselfie campaign. Mr. Ban and Malala took their selfie with Amy Robach, an American news anchor, at an event held today at the United Nations to mark the 500-day countdown until the deadline of the Millennium Development Goals. more

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