UNFPA News

24 April 2014 - Dispatch

Ready-made delivery kits save women’s lives in Cameroon

GAROUA, Cameroon – The first few times she gave birth, Hadja Aminatou, of the northern Cameroonian town of Garoua, could not afford to seek care at the local hospital. Instead, she gave birth at home. But during her last delivery, she was finally able to receive skilled care, largely due to a programme that subsidizes and pre-positions delivery and Caesarean ‘kits’ in health facilities across the country. more

23 April 2014 - Dispatch

Midwives, emergency care key to reducing Cambodia’s maternal deaths

STUNG TRENG, Cambodia – Sixteen-year-old Hang Dèng travelled for an hour by boat to reach the health centre closest to her remote Cambodian village; she was in labour and suffering complications. Access to emergency care and skilled birth attendants saved both her life and that of her child. more
23 April 2014 - Press Release

Global Parliamentarians Mark Twentieth Anniversary of "Revolution" in International Development

STOCKHOLM, 23 April 2014—More than 260 parliamentarians from 134 countries started a meeting here today to renew their commitment to the 1994 Cairo International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD). more
21 April 2014 - Dispatch

Amid Crisis in South Sudan, Youth Continue to Hope for a Brighter Future

JUBA, South Sudan – In 2011, Jamal Deng, 23, joined his war-weary countrymen in celebrating South Sudan’s independence after a devastating and protracted conflict with the North. Like for many young people in South Sudan, independence had ushered in the promise of a new era. Today, Deng is among an estimated 800,000 people displaced inside South Sudan by a new wave of violence that broke out in December. more
18 April 2014 - Press Release

UNFPA, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to Boost Family Planning in Developing Countries

UNITED NATIONS, New York — UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation signed a memorandum of understanding to help increase access to family planning information, contraceptives and services in developing countries, particularly for young people. more
17 April 2014 - Dispatch

‘Task Shifting’ brings Emergency Maternity Care to Burkina Faso Women

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso – Aminata Kouanda, 20, arrived at the Koupela health post, in eastern Burkina Faso, suffering complications late in her pregnancy. She faced the risk of uterine rupture and required an emergency Caesarean section, a procedure that had long been unavailable outside major urban hospitals. But thanks to 'task shifting', the movement of emergency procedures from specialists to basic health facilities, Ms. Kouanda was able to access the surgery, saving her life and that of her baby. more
17 April 2014 - Media Advisory

Decision Makers, Development Experts, Lawmakers, Meet in Stockholm to Reinforce Importance of Population Issues to Future Development Agenda

UNITED NATIONS, New York — Parliamentarians and development experts from across the world will meet in Stockholm on 23 -25 April to review successes and challenges in achieving the Programme of Action of the 1994 Cairo International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD). They will also discuss ways to ensure that the rights of women and young people and their sexual and reproductive well-being remain a priority in any future development efforts. more
17 April 2014 - Press Release

UNFPA, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to Boost Family Planning in Developing Countries

UNITED NATIONS, New York — UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation signed a memorandum of understanding to help increase access to family planning information, contraceptives and services in developing countries, particularly for young people. more
16 April 2014 - Dispatch

Midwives Heed Call to Save Mothers

JUBA, South Sudan – Armed with a broad smile, Jennifer Ikokole ushers expectant mothers into a makeshift tent at the sprawling Tomping civilian protection camp in South Sudan’s capital, Juba. As the current crisis takes its toll on the population, the tent serves both as a maternity ward and a maternal and child health clinic. more

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