09 December 2013 - Press Release
MANILA, Philippines — One month after Typhoon Haiyan, UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, calls on the international community for greater support to meet the needs of 3.7 million women and girls of childbearing age who need special assistance in the aftermath of the disaster.
There are at least 900 deliveries per day in the typhoon-hit areas, and the figure is expected to rise. Out of these, almost 140 will experience life-threatening complications. The Capiz provincial hospital reported two maternal deaths because blood transfusion units were not available following the typhoon. To prevent deaths and morbidity, UNFPA is supporting government efforts to rebuild and re-equip birthing facilities that have been damaged or totally destroyed.
06 December 2013 - Statement
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Vienna World Conference on Human Rights, which sparked a renewed effort to promote and protect for all people all human rights under the vision that these go hand in hand with development. Full enjoyment of sexual and reproductive health and rights can mean the difference between life and death for hundreds of thousands of women and adolescent girls
05 December 2013 - In the News
MANILA, Philippines (IRIN) — The massive destruction of healthcare facilities, with disruption to access and delivery as well as protracted displacement caused by Typhoon Haiyan (local name Yolanda) will further undermine precarious maternal health provision in the Philippines, warn experts.
05 December 2013 - Statement
It is with deep sadness that I learned of the death of former South African President and anti-apartheid stalwart, Nelson Mandela. The world has lost a true statesman, a leader and a pragmatic visionary.
As a formidable and tireless champion of human rights, Nelson Mandela strove to address inequality and indignity wherever he found them. Be it in his own country or beyond South Africa’s borders.
Having won the battle against oppression in his own country, Mr. Mandela’s influence and inspiration were truly global and he was called on to mediate conflicts across Africa and the Middle East, in each case, applying his deeply held belief that reconciliation, negotiation and inclusion of all sides in a conflict were the only way to move forward in an impasse.
04 December 2013 - Dispatch
UNITED NATIONS, New York – UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, and UN Women are joining forces to launch a new programme that will improve the quality of and access to essential services that respond to the needs of women and girls subjected to violence.
04 December 2013 - Feature Story
GUIUAN, Eastern Samar, Philippines — When the warnings were issued for Typhoon Haiyan, the chief of the Felipe Abrigo Memorial Hospital wasted no time. Dr. Lilia Daguinod gathered essential medicines from her hospital and set up a small pharmacy in the front room of her small house. As an obstetrician, she knew that women would continue to give birth and be at risk no matter what happened.
02 December 2013 - Press Release
RABAT, Morocco – Participants in the Rabat Forum adopted the UNFPA Regional Strategy to Prevent and Respond to Gender-Based Violence (GBV) in the Arab states Region for 2014-2017. They also recommended the strategy to serve as a roadmap for the fight against all forms of GBV and to be efficiently implemented across the region.
01 December 2013 - Statement
Today, as we mark World AIDS Day, we can point to significant progress in the global response to the epidemic on the road to reaching the goals of zero new infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths. Worldwide, the number of new HIV infections continues to fall, more people have access to antiretroviral treatment and, as a result, fewer people are dying of AIDS.
30 November 2013 - Feature Story
On World AIDS Day 2013 , we report on Women Across Differences, a Guyanese grassroots organization that is empowering young women to protect themselves against HIV and early pregnancies, giving them the confidence to assert themselves in life-threatening situations.