UNFPA News

16 September 2014 - Dispatch

In Thailand’s refugee camps, shifting attitudes about sexual and reproductive health

MAE SOT, Thailand – Visiting a sexual and reproductive health clinic may seem ordinary for many women. But this is not the case for Saba, 21, who has been living in the Mae La refugee camp along Thailand’s border with Myanmar for the last two years. Until recently, social norms prevented women in the camp from seeking these essential health services. more

15 September 2014 - Dispatch

Combating Tanzania’s high child marriage rates

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania – Happiness Rhobi, in the Mara Region of Tanzania, was 12 years old when her parents decided she was old enough to be married. They pulled her from school, planned to have her undergo female genital mutilation (FGM) and prepared to marry her off to a man of their choosing. A new initiative aims to protect girls like Happiness from the pressure to marry while still children. more
15 September 2014 - Media Advisory

UNFPA to Promote Rights of Women, Young People, as World Marks 1994 Cairo Population Conference during UN General Assembly

UNITED NATIONS, New York—The health and rights of women and young people, particularly girls, will be the focus of various events that will be held during the 69th regular session of the United Nations General Assembly, which starts here tomorrow. more
11 September 2014 - Dispatch

Pregnant women forced to flee escalating crisis in Iraq

DUHOK, Iraq – As hostilities neared her village in northern Iraq, 30-year-old Khawla had little choice but to flee – while she was eight months pregnant. She and her seven children spent days on the run before Khawla gave birth in a UNFPA-assisted hospital. more
10 September 2014 - Dispatch

Sierra Leone saves lives with sunlight

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone – Fatmata Kamara, from Sierra Leone’s Kambia District, could not hide her surprise when she learned she would not have to bring candles or a torch to the clinic when she was ready to deliver her baby. An innovative UNFPA-supported project is providing electricity in maternal health clinics that were previously left in the dark. more
05 September 2014 - Statement

UNFPA: The path forward

We also know that in order to make progress, in order to advance a universal sustainable development agenda beyond 2015, we must work towards a common understanding of the universality of human rights. Development can only succeed when human rights are respected. more
03 September 2014 - Dispatch

Ageing population doesn’t have to be a ‘time bomb,’ say experts

CHIANG MAI, Thailand – The catastrophe predicted to result from the rapid ageing of Asian populations is far from inevitable, said experts at a regional conference being held this week in Thailand. Making changes to economic and health policies as well as mindsets can help countries head off disaster by minimizing the burdens and maximizing the contributions of older persons, noted attendees at the conference, which was organized by the HelpAge International with support from UNFPA and the European Union. more
02 September 2014 - Dispatch

In Sudan, male partners critical in fight against FGM

KHARTOUM, Sudan – Sheikh Mohamed Saeed, a 74-year-old community leader in Sudan’s Wad Sharefai Refugee Camp, has become an unlikely advocate to end female genital mutilation (FGM). Wad Sharefai Camp is in the eastern state of Kassala, where – as in much of Sudan – the practice of FGM is widespread. more
29 August 2014 - Dispatch

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. The event brought together over 200 officials to address Kenya’s persistently high rate of maternal mortality, which is among the highest in the world. more

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