UNFPA News

01 August 2014 - Dispatch

Making family planning a priority in Eastern Europe and Central Asia

ASHGABAT/DUSHANBE – Aygul, 23, nearly lost her life when she developed complications during labour due to a heart condition. Fortunately, she was rushed from her home in rural Turkmenistan to the capital Ashgabat, where, under the care of a cardiologist, she successfully gave birth to a baby girl. Now, modern contraceptives are helping to keep her healthy while she recovers and receives treatment for her condition. more

30 July 2014 - Dispatch

In South Sudan, opposition to family planning exacerbates reproductive health needs

WAU, South Sudan – The need for reproductive health care remains overwhelming in South Sudan. The country has one of the highest maternal death rates in the world, and health conditions are deteriorating under the current crisis. Access to basic reproductive health information and services, particularly voluntary family planning, would reduce the country’s staggering number of maternal deaths, but there is stiff resistance. more
28 July 2014 - Dispatch

UNFPA responds to needs of 36,000 pregnant women displaced in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – Kiran Azeem Khan, 30, and her five children were forced to flee their home in Miran Shah, in Pakistan’s North Waziristan Agency, after military operations commenced there in late June. They left without money or supplies. Ms. Khan was also pregnant – and nearing her due date. more
25 July 2014 - Press Release

UNFPA Alarmed Over Devastating Impact of Gaza Violence on Women, Girls

UNITED NATIONS, New York—UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, is deeply concerned about the impact of the ongoing Gaza conflict on women’s health and their access to safe births. more
24 July 2014 - Dispatch

Health needs escalate as crisis in Gaza continues

UNITED NATIONS, New York – On Monday, 21 July, the home and maternal health clinic of Feeza Shraim, a UNFPA-supported midwife in the Gaza Strip, were destroyed in an airstrike. Ms. Shraim – who has worked with UNFPA as a midwife, trainer and advocate since 2004 – had been operating the clinic out of her home. Since the start of the crisis, she had assisted about 30 pregnant women. more
23 July 2014 - Opinion

For a Better World for All

  It is now 100 long days since the abduction of 276 girls from their school in Chibok in northern Nigeria shocked and outraged the world. While a few of the girls have managed to escape their captors, the majority remain separated from their shattered families.   more
22 July 2014 - Dispatch

Girl Summit aims to end child marriage and FGM/C

UNITED NATIONS, New York – Despite the advances made in promoting human rights, girls remain among the most vulnerable people in the world. In developing countries, one in three girls are married before reaching age 18, despite the fact that this practice has been widely outlawed. Approximately one in nine girls are married before reaching age 15. Additionally, some 125 million girls and women have been subjected to female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C), most of them before age 15. more
21 July 2014 - Press Release

Breaking Open Public Places: UNFPA Launches Coolibah

MELBOURNE, Australia – At the International AIDS Conference 2014 today, UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, launched a youth networking zone called the coolibah, where, throughout the week, it will host a range of activities for and with young people, including a series of luncheons with leaders in the field of HIV and AIDS. more
21 July 2014 - Dispatch

In Niger, empowering girls to take a stand against child marriage

UNITED NATIONS, New York – When Zeinabou, from in the Zinder Region of Niger, was 15, her parents forced her to drop out of school and marry an older man. The brief marriage would be marked by repeated and escalating violence. more

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