18 June 2013 - Feature Story
AFAR REGION, Ethiopia —
Ten-year-old Sadiya Abubakar had suffered for a long time. What should be a natural regular function – urination– had become an ordeal for her. Sadiya was infibulated when she was just seven days old.
13 June 2013 - Dispatch
More than 450,000 refugees have crossed the borders from Syria into Lebanon as of the end of April 2013, according to estimates by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. These refugees — almost 80 per cent of whom are women and children — are taxing the resources of more than 1,000 host villages where they are staying.
13 June 2013 - Dispatch
UNITED NATIONS, New York —
The current world population of 7.2 billion is projected to increase by 1 billion over the next 12 years and reach 9.6 billion by 2050, according to a United Nations report launched today, which points out that growth will be mainly in developing countries, with more than half in Africa.
11 June 2013 - In the News
U.N. agencies have called for the prosecution of an Egyptian doctor after a 13-year-old girl died while undergoing female genital mutilation/cutting at a private clinic. Egypt banned FGM/C in 2008 but it is still widely practised there, sometimes by traditional cutters but also by medical staff operating in secret.
10 June 2013 - Opinion
In this blog for the Huffington Post, the UNFPA Executive Director sketches out the grim, everyday reality faced by 200 million women living with obstetric fistula. "We cannot allow this grave injustice to continue," he concludes.
06 June 2013 - Dispatch
NEW YORK —
UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin yesterday presented the Fund’s 2012 Annual Report: Promises to Keep, to its Executive Board. The title refers to the 26 overarching commitments UNFPA made in 2012 to become more effective, to focus on its core mandate, to prepare for emerging challenges and to make a real difference in the lives of individual women and young people in developing countries.
04 June 2013 - Dispatch
YOKOHAMA, Japan —
Health improvements and a healthy workforce underpin social and economic growth. That was one of the messages of the Yokohama Declaration and Action Plan for 2013-2017, issued at the end of the Fifth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD V) held here last week.
04 June 2013 - Press Release
DAMASCUS--- Sitting in her bed at the intensive care unit of the Obstetric University Hospital, Dania Kadra considers herself lucky to be alive and to have safely delivered her baby boy. In December 2012, a missile slammed into the house of the pregnant 40-year old mother of three killing her husband and forcing her and her three children, parents and siblings to move from their rural home to a rented apartment in a suburb of Damascus.