Menstruation is not a girls' or women ’s issue – it’s a human rights issue
JUBA/COX ’S BAZAR/UNITED NATIONS –“My periods are a nightmare,” Nyanjuma Galoth, 20, told UNFPA at a civilian protection camp in South Sudan. “They are very painful, and I can’t get any sanitary products.”It is a major source of stress, she said. “The days that I am lucky, I get a few sanitary pads from my friends, while other days, I end up using rags to absorb the blood flow.” It is like “a terrible sickness,” she said.  (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - May 24, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: zerzan Source Type: news

Treatment for traumatic childbirth injury gives new hope to women in Afghanistan
KABUL, Afghanistan –“I saw myself as the living dead,” 50-year-old Laila* told UNFPA. She suffered terribly while giving birth in Pakistan 27 years ago. The prolonged, obstructed labour left her with an obstetric fistula – one of the most serious injuries that can occur during childbirth.The fistula – hole between the birth canal and bladder or rectum – can cause pain and chronic infections. It also causes incontinence, which often leads to women’s social isolation. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - May 22, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: zerzan Source Type: news

Ending obstetric fistula: Devastating and preventable childbirth injury continues to haunt women
SIMIYU, United Republic of Tanzania –Keflene Yakobo tried to do everything right during her pregnancy. Though she was young –married at age 17 and pregnant at 19 – she was diligent about receiving regular check ups.“I started attending antenatal clinics as soon as I realized I was pregnant, and continued throughout my entire term,” Ms. Yakobo recently told UNFPA. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - May 21, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: zerzan Source Type: news

5 ways female genital mutilation undermines the health of women and girls
UNITED NATIONS, New York –“I have met many women who have suffered tremendously during labour,” said Dr. Kenza Aden, a general practitioner in Djibouti. This is because most of her patients – like about 78 per cent of girls and women aged 15-49 in Djibouti – have undergonefemale genital mutilation (FGM).  “I’ve even seen women bleeding to death,” she continued. “And that’s why I’m scared of getting married and having children.”  (Source: UNFPA News)
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A long road to safety, healing for refugee mothers in Iraq
DOMIZ 2, Iraq –“I never thought I would have to start over,” Nermin* told UNFPA from Domiz 2 Camp in Iraq. She was 21 when she was uprooted from her hometown in Qamishli by the horrors of the Syrian conflict. It was 2012, and she had been studying to become a teacher. “The war forced me to choose between my dream and my life,” she said.She travelled with her parents and siblings to a refugee camp in Dohuk, a city in the Kurdistan region of Iraq. But she could not fully escape the violence she had witnessed. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - May 17, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: zerzan Source Type: news

Safe pregnancies for displaced mothers as mobile clinics reach deep into Kachin camps
MYITKYINA, Myanmar - When Ja Htoi Lu was pregnant with her second child, she felt fine, and didn ’t see much point in taking time from her chores to go for antenatal visits.  (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - May 14, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: csantamaria Source Type: news

In China, women work to raise the status of girls
LILING, China –Not long ago, Wen Xiujuan was swept up in a romance. Against the wishes of her parents, she moved to the small village of Liling, 300 km from her hometown, to marry a young man named Yang Liu.They lived happily with Mr. Liu ’s parents, who hoped the couple would have a son. But when Ms. Wen had a baby girl, her parents-in-law were delighted. Her mother-in-law, Yan Xiurong, took loving care of the child. Then, after a few years, Ms. Wen had a second daughter. That ’s when things changed. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - May 13, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: zerzan Source Type: news

Reaching pregnant women at risk from conflict in Maguindanao, Philippines
DATU SALIBO, Philippines– “I was inside our house when I heard powerful explosions and intense gunfire,” recalled Nadia Muson, 35. Eight months pregnant and a mother of six, Ms. Muson and her family were within earshot of the armed conflict in the Philippine province of Maguindanao, where hundreds of pregnant displac ed women are highly vulnerable.  (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - May 6, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: csantamaria Source Type: news

No mountain too high: Midwives protect women, save lives
YAKAWLANG/SANGTAKHAT, Afghanistan –Midwives serve in some of the most remote health posts in the world, saving the lives of women and babies in settings that are often harsh and resource-poor.And their work can require them to confront attitudes that harm women ’s health and demean their status and value.This courageous work is being celebrated on 5 May, theInternational Day of the Midwife.  Soghra and Nabila are two such heroes. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - May 3, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: zerzan Source Type: news

Just like your mother? Seven ways motherhood has changed (or not) in the last 25 years
UNITED NATIONS, New York –Twenty-five years ago, the world was transforming. South Africa held its first multiracial elections, electing Nelson Mandela as President. Sweden began to allow the registration of same-sex partnerships. It was the dawn of the Internet age.  And it was the start of a new global consensus on sexual and reproductive health – one that aimed to empower women and communities to determine their own futures. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - May 3, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: zerzan Source Type: news

Joint operation rescues hundreds from Cyclone Kenneth in Mozambique
PEMBA, Mozambique– Brazilian military firefighters, in coordination with the Government of Mozambique and several UN agencies, have saved the lives of hundreds of people displaced by Cyclone Kenneth near the flooded city of Pemba in the northern part of the country.  (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - April 30, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: csantamaria Source Type: news

Meet the woman protecting women in Yemen
SANA'A, Yemen –Bushra was only 14 years old when her family arranged achild marriage to an older man, and a year later she became pregnant. She was a mother of six when her husband lost his job.Suddenly the family could not make ends meet in war-torn Yemen, where the economy had collapsed.At first she had to pull her kids out of school and teach them at home. Bushra worried about how to buy school supplies like books. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - April 30, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: csantamaria Source Type: news

Caught in the crossfire: Urgent needs in north-east Syria
Al-Hassakeh, Syria –Vulnerable civilians were caught in the crossfire as hostilities intensified in north-eastern Syria in recent weeks. “I took out around 160 pieces of shrapnel from the bodies of women and children,” Dr. Yasser Joha told UNFPA from Al-Hol Camp in Al Hassakeh Governorate. Dr. Joha is a gynaecologist deployed from Damascus to provide reproductive health services in the camp, with support from UNFPA. But as the camp received a massive influx of people, many with serious injuries, he stepped in to provide emergency care.   (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - April 29, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: zerzan Source Type: news

With coffee ceremony and midwives, mums get a happy start in rural Ethiopia
BASOLIBEN, Ethiopia – When Fikre Molla was preparing to have her baby, she wanted the childbirth traditions she had grown up with, but the safety of professional care in a proper health facility.  Yet she lived in Ethiopia ’s rural Amhara Region, 31 km from the nearest health centre. For her safety, she spent the weeks leading up to her due date at a UNFPA-supported ‘maternity waiting home’ close to the health centre. Such waiting homes offer nutritious meals, close monitoring by health workers, and quick access to skilled birth attendance when the baby arrives.  (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - April 27, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: zerzan Source Type: news

Digital revolution comes to Viet Nam census
HA NOI, VIET NAM – At the start of April, more than 122,000 people fanned out across Viet Nam, pursuing information about every single person in the country. They are enumerators for the country ’shousing and population census– one of the largest and most complex peacetime exercises a nation can undertake. Tran Ba Tho is one of those enumerators. Normally a university student in Ha Noi, Mr. Tho is diverting his efforts to this monumental, once-in-a-decade undertaking. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - April 19, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: zerzan Source Type: news

Muslim minority women break barriers to embrace family planning in Nepal
KAPILVASTU, Nepal – Wearing her volunteer's uniform, a sky-blue sari, Kaushalya Pasi patiently addresses a group of women sitting around her at a village health post in Nepal's Terai region, the western plains bordering India. She points to a flipchart with a picture of a syringe for an injectable contraceptive.  (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - April 11, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: csantamaria Source Type: news

Survivors of gender-based violence get a fresh start in Morocco
FEZ, Morocco –“I was forced to leave home with my baby in my hands, " Khadija, 42, told UNFPA. When she finally decided to divorce her husband after over 10 years of suffering abuse, she thought her agony would end.She was wrong.Divorce ended her physical torture, but her husband's refusal to pay alimony for her and the child meant Khadija would have to struggle to maintain them both. Although her family supported her, gave her a roof to sleep under and enough food for the infant, Khadija buckled under the psychological pressure of financial dependency. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - April 9, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: zerzan Source Type: news

Vast numbers of women lack decision-making power over their own bodies, says UNFPA flagship report
UNITED NATIONS, New York –Reproductive rights and choices have become a reality for more women than ever, says UNFPA ’s flagship report,State of World Population 2019, released today. Yet despite these gains, vast numbers of women around the world are not empowered to make fundamental decisions about their own bodies.UNFPA ’s report publishes, for the first time, data on women’s ability to make decisions over three key areas: sexual intercourse with their partner, contraception use and health care. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - April 8, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: zerzan Source Type: news

Declaration affirms global support for reproductive health and rights
UNITED NATIONS, New York – Ministers and representatives of Governments unanimously adopted a political declaration today reaffirming support for the Programme of Action of theInternational Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), which established that that reproductive health, individual rights and women ’s empowerment are critical to achieving sustainable development. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - April 1, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: zerzan Source Type: news

Explainer: What is the ICPD and why does it matter?
UNITED NATIONS, New York –This year marks the 25th anniversary of the ICPD – a milestone in reproductive health and rights. On Monday, world leaders are gathering at the United Nations to discuss progress made since that landmark meeting. But what was the ICPD? And what does it mean for your rights today? (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - March 29, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: zerzan Source Type: news

“Crossing the river” to a safe delivery in rural Cambodia
KANTUOT VILLAGE, Cambodia – When Bora was pregnant with her fifth child, she prepared to “cross the river.”In the Khmer language, “crossing the river” is a way to describe childbirth, meaning a journey that should go smoothly but could just as easily go wrong.  (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - March 29, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: zerzan Source Type: news

Catastrophic Cyclone Idai leaves pregnant women vulnerable in three countries
MATUNDO, Mozambique/LILONGWE, Malawi –Eleven days ago, Tropical Cyclone Idai made landfall in Mozambique then crossed into Zimbabwe, leaving a wide path of destruction across Eastern Africa. By the time the storm struck, communities throughoutMalawiandMozambiquewere already reeling from days of fatal downpours and flooding. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - March 25, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: zerzan Source Type: news

“We expect respect,” say migrants and refugees
BIHAC/SARAJEVO, Bosnia and Herzegovina  –“We still risk our lives,” said Hatidza*, a 26-year-old migrant transiting through Bosnia and Herzegovina. “Last time when we tried to pass the border, you could see the footsteps of wolves and bears. Some migrants and refugees were killed by bears. By now we have tried three times to pass the border unsuccessfully.”Hatidza is a member of the Ahwazis minority group in Iran. She and her brother fled the country after their father was murdered and their family was threatened. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - March 21, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: zerzan Source Type: news

“We expect respect” say migrants and refugees
Bihac/Sarajevo, BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA –“We still risk our lives,” said Hatidza*, a 26-year-old migrant transiting through Bosnia and Herzegovina. “Last time when we tried to pass the border, you could see the footsteps of wolves and bears. Some migrants and refugees were killed by bears. By now we have tried three times to pass the border unsuccessfully.”Hatidza is a member of the Ahwazis minority group in Iran. She and her brother fled the country after their father was murdered and their family was threatened. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - March 21, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: zerzan Source Type: news

Health, rights situation critical among women and girls in conflict-scarred Dara ’a
DARA ’A, Syrian Arab Republic –With the crisis in Syria soon to enter its ninth year, the people of Dara ’a Governorate face especially harrowing conditions, with hostilities killing civilians asrecently as July.   (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - March 18, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: zerzan Source Type: news

A guiding hand: School counsellors in Sierra Leone address early pregnancy, child marriage
PORT LOKO, Sierra Leone – Fatmata Sesay was 15 years old when she became pregnant. Her parents forced her to move in with her boyfriend, who was neither in school nor employed. Moving in with him felt like an underage marriage, she says.To make matters even more difficult, childcare responsibilities meant Fatmata was unable to continue schooling. She dropped out for more than two years.“It was a situation I found difficult to accept,” she said. “Seeing my peers attending school every morning was a bitter pill for me to swallow.” (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - March 18, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: zerzan Source Type: news

“We are working against all odds”: Despite progress, FGM and child marriage numbers cause alarm
Damboya, ETHIOPIA/New York, UNITED NATIONS –Tadelech Ermias remembers the ridicule she faced when she refused to undergofemale genital mutilation (FGM), which was considered a requirement for brides in her community. “It was inconceivable then for a girl to get married without being cut,” she said. That was 10 years ago, in the southern Domboya District of Ethiopia.  Members of her family were aghast. But she gathered strength from the lessons she learned in a special group of girls – the uncut girls club. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - March 15, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: zerzan Source Type: news

Leaders call for securing sexual and reproductive health and rights in Kenya ’s largest slum
Nairobi, KENYA –“When sleeping women awake, mountains move,” said Dr. Natalia Kanem, UNFPA’s Executive Director, quoting a Kenyan proverb at an event in the sprawling Kibera informal settlement.The event, held on International Women ’s Day, was a celebration of women leaders and innovators. It was also an opportunity to call on national and international authorities to uphold the rights of girls and women, and to highlight the need for their increased representation in leadership and governance. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - March 11, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: zerzan Source Type: news

A league of extraordinary women: Real life super heroes
UNITED NATIONS, New York – In 1994, global leaders committed to achieving a better, fairer world for women.  At the International Conference on Population and Development, governments agreed that countries must uphold each individual ’s right to make free and informed choices over their own sexual and reproductive health. These rights – which encompass the right to sexual health information, the right to the highest possible standard of reproductive health care, and the empowerment and autonomy of women – are a preconditio n for achieving gender equality. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - March 5, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: zerzan Source Type: news

Fear and exhaustion shadow Venezuelan women on the long trek to Peru
TUMBES, Peru –“I have been told that it was too dangerous to travel alone, but I did it for my family’s and my own well-being,” said Britney, 18, part of a mass exodus of people leaving Venezuela in search of a better future.  (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - February 28, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: zerzan Source Type: news

Female Islamic preachers call for women ’s rights, contraception in Niger
MARADI, Niger – The preacher Malama Ouani may seem like an unlikely advocate of sexual and reproductive health and rights. She teaches women about Islam and family welfare during study groups, known as “madrassas,” in her conservative community in southern Niger.But her lessons explore aspects of family that are seldom discussed in religious circles – includingdomestic violence,family planning andvisits to the gynaecologist.   (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - February 27, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: zerzan Source Type: news

In world ’s worst humanitarian crisis, the miracle of a safe birth
JARDAN, Yemen – Over a million pregnant women and new mothers require urgent aid in Yemen, the site of the world ’s worst humanitarian crisis. Mohsina was one of these women when she went into labour at the end of a complicated and painful pregnancy. Luckily, her story had a happy – and surprise – ending.Mohsina, 36, was already the mother of six children. She was expecting her seventh child in October, just after the family relocated to Shabwah Governorate.“During this pregnancy, I felt very heavy and had a lot of pain,” Mohsina remembered. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - February 21, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: zerzan Source Type: news

Surviving Ebola: “I was so afraid to die and be put in a body bag”
BENI, Democratic Republic of the Congo– When Jémima Masika, 26, lost her parents to Ebola in August, she thought deadly virus was a myth – then she fell sick herself.“I did not believe in the existence of Ebola,” she said. “Like many, I took the disease for a [story] made up by politicians.” (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - February 18, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: zerzan Source Type: news

118-truck convoy delivers urgent aid to stranded residents in Rukban, Syria
RUKBAN, Syria –As part of thelargest-ever humanitarian convoy by the United Nations and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent, UNFPA has delivered critical reproductive health supplies, hygiene and dignity kits to women and girls in the remote Rukban area of South-east Syria.  Some 118 trucks brought life-saving assistance to the makeshift settlement, where more than 40,000 people are stranded in the desert. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - February 15, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: zerzan Source Type: news

Born at the end of a rope: Embracing indigenous childbirth traditions to save lives
CHURCAMPA, Peru – Edelmira Martina Antay D ávila remembers when women used to die in childbirth. “I used to give birth at home, but it was not good,” she told UNFPA. “Women can die, even from haemorrhages.”Ms. Antay lives in Churcampa, a remote, mountainous province that towers 2,000 metres above sea level. The community is largely indigenous. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - February 14, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: zerzan Source Type: news

Respect for childbirth traditions saves lives in the Peruvian Andes
CHURCAMPA, Peru – Edelmira Martina Antay D ávila remembers when women used to die in childbirth. “I used to give birth at home, but it was not good,” she told UNFPA. “Women can die, even from haemorrhages.”Ms. Antay lives in Churcampa, a remote, mountainous province that towers 2,000 metres above sea level. The community is largely indigenous. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - February 14, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: zerzan Source Type: news

Reaching women in Mosul, where the shadow of conflict still lingers
MOSUL, Iraq –After the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS or Daesh) captured Mosul in 2014, most of the maternity wards and hospitals in the city were shuttered, leaving hundreds of thousands of women and girls in a grim state. “During the reign of ISIL, we were in a really bad state. We had nothing,” Eman, a mother from West Mosul, told UNFPA.  (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - February 7, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: zerzan Source Type: news

Top 5 things you didn ’t know about female genital mutilation
UNITED NATIONS, New York – Too often, the first message a girl receives about her body is that it is imperfect – too fat or too thin, too dark or too freckled. But for some girls, the message is that, to be accepted by the wider community, their bodies must be cut, altered and even reshaped through a practice known asfemale genital mutilation (FGM).  Often viewed as a rite of passage, FGM can result in serious health complications, including infections, chronic pain and infertility. It can even be deadly. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - February 4, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: zerzan Source Type: news

The future at her fingertips: What happens when girls say #IDONT
UNITED NATIONS, New York –More than 150 million. This is the number of girls who could become child brides by 2030 if the world does not act decisively to end child marriage. On average, tens of thousands of girls are married off every day – violating their rights, exposing them to potential violence, threatening their health and lives.  (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - January 31, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: zerzan Source Type: news

When women rule: Malawi chief battles harms against girls
MWANZA, Malawi – Chief Mwanza knows all too well the opportunities that are lost when girls are married off as children. She was married when she was only 14 years old.Born Chalendo MacDonald in 1952, she had wanted to complete her education. But when her grandmother, who was raising her, passed away, she was married off to a local leader known as the group village headman. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - January 24, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: zerzan Source Type: news

Ramping up cervical cancer prevention efforts in the Republic of Moldova
CHISINAU, Moldova – Irina Starciac, 46, was certain she was healthy. " I never had any symptoms that would get me worried, ” she said. She was lucky, then, that her family doctor decided to screen her for cervical cancer last September.“I was so sure my medical results would turn out fine that I even forgot to give the doctor my phone number,” she recalled.When the results came back showing pre-cancerous lesions, “the doctor had to find me through social media, " she said.The doctor ’s dedication paid off. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - January 22, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: zerzan Source Type: news

In Burundi, sexual health education helps youth protect themselves, their futures
BUJUMBURA, Burundi –“During my youth, I had to abort four times,” said Cecile Nshimirimana*, a student in Burundi’s capital, Bujumbura. The procedures were illegal – in Burundi, abortion is permitted only to save a woman’s life.“I was afraid for my life when [on one occasion] it was dark and the doctor had only two candles to light [the room],” she recalled. She had not learned how to protect herself from an unintended pregnancy – something that is considered taboo in her conservative community. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - January 18, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: zerzan Source Type: news