Treating the invisible wounds of violence in Peru
LIMA, Peru – Nearly every morning for the past six years Gabriela Gonzales has been going to the Honorio Delgado Community Mental Health Centre (CMHC) in the Jes ús María neighborhood. She is a psychiatrist who treats survivors of gender-based violence, a population that has risen during pandemic lockdowns.   (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - July 21, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

Do you know where your birth control is? Tracking contraceptives improves health services – and choice in Uganda
KAMPALA, Uganda –When Isirimu Margret got pregnant at 16, her hope to continue her studies vanished. She dropped out of school, married her partner and had their child. So when the chance to obtain family planning counselling at her local health facility, a programme supported by UNFPA, arose, she took it, choosing an implant that would last for three years.   (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - July 19, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

Midwives bring portable ultrasound technology to remote communities in Kenya
MFANGANO ISLAND, Kenya – In her four years at Sena Health Centre, midwife Goretti Adhiambo has seen too many lives lost to complications in pregnancy and childbirth. “We provide all the basic maternal health services at the health centre including antenatal care, but complicated cases have to be referred to the mainland hospital for specialized care,” she explained.  (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - July 15, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

In the Central African Republic, the devastating price women and girls pay for war
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Source: UNFPA News - July 12, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

With COVID-19 heralding possible fertility changes, leaders must urgently support women ’s rights and choices
CHISINAU, Moldova/TETE PROVINCE, Mozambique/CARACAS, Venezuela –“I don’t want to be scared anymore,” 26-year-old Maira Opikuko told UNFPA in Zulia, Venezuela. “I already have six children. I don’t want to have any more children.”  (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - July 8, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

Tigray conflict decimates maternal health services, overwhelms health workers
SHIRE, Tigray, Ethiopia –“When the conflict broke out, I was two months pregnant. We were forced to flee and walk for days under the blazing sun to reach safety and protection,” said Merhawit Gebremedhin, who is from the town of Dansha in Western Tigray, the Ethiopian region that has been embattled since November 2020. Ms. Merhawit had been an accountant, and had saved up to give her baby a safe, loving home and a promising start. But then the conflict mowed through her town, shuttering access to critical health services. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - July 7, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

Partnering with traditional birth attendants to reach Afro-descendant and indigenous women in Colombia
BOGOTA, Colombia –“Colombia is a multicolored country, with varied customs, practices and celebrations... Within that level of inclusion, we need to add traditional midwifery,” said Ledy Manuela Mosquera Moreno, a nurse and the executive director of the Association of the Interethnic Network of Midwifery Practiti oners of the Department of Chocó.  (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - July 6, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

Partnering with traditional birth attendants to reach indigenous women in Colombia
BOGOTA, Colombia –“Colombia is a multicolored country, with varied customs, practices and celebrations... Within that level of inclusion, we need to add traditional midwifery,” said Ledy Manuela Mosquera Moreno, a nurse and the executive director of the Association of the Interethnic Network of Midwifery Practiti oners of the Department of Chocó.  (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - July 6, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

Bodily autonomy becomes a global rallying cry at Paris Forum on gender equality
UNITED NATIONS, New York/PARIS, France – “Our clarion call is this: There can be no gender equality without bodily autonomy and sexual and reproductive health and rights, and no bodily autonomy and sexual and reproductive health and rights without full gender equality,” UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem said today in Paris , at the Generation Equality Forum on advancing gender equality.  (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - July 2, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

Gender equality is the key to a better future for all, world leaders and youth activists agree at Paris Forum
UNITED NATIONS, New York/MANGOCHI, Malawi – At United Nations's Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995, then-first lady of the United States Hillary Rodham Clinton famously announced, “Human rights are women’s rights and women’s rights are human rights once and for all.”Today, world leaders gathered in Paris to revive that rallying cry. “In Beijing 26 years ago, the world made promises,” UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem said at the opening ceremony of the Generation Equality Forum. “It is now time to deliver.” (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - June 30, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

Pandemic, conflict continue to upend life for women in Yemen
AL HUDAYAH, Yemen– Fatima Mujawash once had a very different life. She was well educated, with a diploma in clinical laboratory science, and happily married with three children. Everything changed when Yemen ’s conflict erupted. Her husband was struck and killed by an explosive projectile when violence engulfed their home district, Al Khokah, in Al Hudaydah Governorate. Her father’s family decided to flee. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - June 29, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

Entrepreneurship flourishes among Filipino populations at risk for HIV
METRO MANILA, Philippines – Necessity is the mother of invention, as the saying goes, and COVID-19 created needs of sweeping depth and breadth all over the globe. Many newly unemployed had to reinvent themselves to find an alternative stream of income as old jobs shrunk or disappeared completely because of the pandemic.Be your own boss (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - June 28, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

Empowering Kenyan women and girls with disabilities in managing menstrual health
NAIROBI, Kenya –Anne Wanjiru found out she had gotten her first period when a boarding school classmate told her she had stained her dress. No one had ever explained menstruation to her, so the then-14-year-old, who had a congenital mobility disability and hearing impairment, did not understand why she felt discomfort and pain or why she was bleeding. “I didn’t even know how to wear a sanitary pad,” she said.” A teacher explained periods were normal, gave her underwear and pads, showed her to use them and checked on her every day.   (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - June 24, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

As Afghanistan grapples with surge in COVID-19 cases, one midwife shares her strength
HERAT CITY, Afghanistan –Mastura Zia, a 27-year-old midwife in Herat, does not mince words when describing the hardships of the global pandemic: “2020 was the hardest year of my life,” she said.Ms. Zia is a frontline responder at the Gazargah Transit Centre, providing reproductive health services to deportees who have returned to Afghanistan from Iran. When the pandemic struck, around February 2020, tens of thousands of undocumented Afghans were deported, flooding the transit centre. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - June 23, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

Indonesian religious leaders, health workers advocate female genital mutilation ’s end
JAKARTA, Indonesia –“I was about seven years old when my mother organized a female genital mutilation ritual for me. Theparadji[traditional birth attendant] used a piece of sharpened bamboo stick. I was screaming in severe pain, and I saw blood coming out, ” recalled Hj. Helwana, a religious leader from the Indonesian Mosque Council (DMI). “I was and still am very traumatized.” (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - June 22, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

Displaced Rohingya navigate new parenthood in Bangladesh
COX ’S BAZAR, Bangladesh – Kawser and Mohammed met in a Rohingya camp here in 2018 after being forced to flee their homes in Myanmar. “She had seen me with my siblings and my mother, whereas I got to know her through my brother. I was too shy to introduce myself in person,” Mohammed, 25, said. “She was too pretty for me, and I was not sure if I could handle her beauty.”   (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - June 18, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

Helping women and girls claim their bodily autonomy in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
BUKAVU, Democratic Republic of the Congo – Lisa* was orphaned as a child and raised by her sister and brother-in-law. Growing up in Bukavu, a small town in South Kivu, the threats of violence conflict and widespread sexual violence were never far away. “The safest place for me was home,” she explained to UNFPA. But that changed when she reached adolescence. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - June 9, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

Increasing access to sexual and reproductive health and HIV programmes for gender-diverse communities in Bangladesh
COX ’S BAZAR/DHAKA, Bangladesh – ”I have never been loved or respected by anyone in my life except a few early years by my mother,” said Shohan Hijra, a transgender woman living in Dhaka who left her family when she was 11.  (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - June 8, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

After giving birth under a bridge amid hurricane wreckage, recovery remains a distant prospect for Honduran mother
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras –Fabiola Ulloa, 23, gave birth under the bridge where she had taken shelter from a raging hurricane. Six months later, she is still there, with her new baby, partner and 3-year-old son, living in a tent beside the road.  “My sister and I were both pregnant during the storm,” Ms. Ulloa told UNFPA in an interview in her nylon tent earlier this week. “That night was very sad. I didn’t get a chance to get my things out because I had to take care of my mom, my sister and my child.” (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - June 3, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

COVID-19 heightened menstruation challenges in Latin America and the Caribbean; action and investment needed
UNITED NATIONS, Panama City – The COVID-19 pandemic has upended life for people around the globe, including the way people experience and perceive menstruation. Latin America and the Caribbean region has been no exception. Movement restrictions coupled with the closure of health centres have affected access to sexual and reproductive health services, including care for menstruation-related disorders, such as endometriosis or migraines. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - May 28, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

First menstruation is often accompanied by fear, shame, lack of information, women and girls in Arab states reveal
UNITED NATIONS, Cairo –“I felt ashamed of my body. I did not know how to clean it or how to take care of it. I did not understand the purpose of my menstrual cycle because I did not receive any sexual health information at that age,” one young woman from Palestine, recalling her first period at age 12. “I felt heavy and helpless at that time every month, for years to follow. It wasn't until very much later, when I was in my twenties, that things seemed to make more sense. ”This woman ’s experience is all too common across the Arab states region. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - May 28, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

Mozambique, Angola help girls manage menstrual health and hygiene in crisis and beyond
MAPUTO, Mozambique/LUANDA, Angola – It can be challenging enough when a girl gets her first period – she may not even know what is happening to her body. Now put her in a situation in which she’s been displaced or vulnerable because of a natural disaster, conflict or pandemic and has no access to supplies or proper sanitation.  (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - May 28, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

Urgent funding needed to assist survivors of sexual and gender-based violence in Tigray
Tigray, Ethiopia –“I was running from place to place without food or shelter. I was in fear all the time... There was no safe place for me until I got to the safe house,” 22-year-old Selam* recounted to UNFPA.Selam was in an extremely delicate physical and psychosocial state when she arrived. She had been displaced by conflict that continues to rage in parts of the region, and had repeatedly faced harrowing levels of sexual violence." Life didn't have any sense for her anymore, ” explained a social worker, who handled Selam’s case. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - May 27, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

Piloting drones to deliver life-saving products for women in rural Botswana
PALAPYE, Botswana –This month, Botswana became the first country in Southern Africa, and the third in Africa, to pilot drone technology for health-care delivery. The Drones for Health pilot project aims to reduce preventable maternal deaths by delivering maternal health supplies and commodities – including essential obstetric care drugs, blood, blood products and laboratory specimens –  particularly in hard-to-reach communities and health facilities.  (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - May 24, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

In Mozambique, an obstetric fistula survivor & #039;s journey from & quot;I was nothing & quot; to & quot;I am capable of everything & quot;
MOCUBA, ZAMBEZIA PROVINCE, Mozambique – Beatriz Sebastião suffered in silence. She had no friends in the neighborhood or at school. When she went to church, she sat alone. When she went to the river, other women mocked her before leaving to bathe elsewhere.  (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - May 21, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

Tanzanian helpline reaching thousands of at-risk women and girls every day
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania – It was 3 o’clock on a Friday afternoon when Grace,* a counsellor at the National Child Helpline in Tanzania, received a call from a concerned teacher in Msalala, Shinyanga Region. One of the teacher’s brightest students, 13-year-old Eliza*, had not turned up for school that day, and she had he ard worrying rumours that Eliza’s parents intended to marry her off. The parents had purportedly accepted a dowry payment from the family of the groom – who was a 35-year-old man. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - May 20, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

Serving survivors of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
BUKAVU, Democratic Republic of the Congo –“We waited for hours in the distribution point until they eventually told us to go home. Hungry and empty-handed, I walked with three other women and two little girls. It was dusk, and I heard the little girls scream. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - May 19, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

Girl advocates in India step up to protect health, human rights amid the pandemic
Kandhamal District, Odisha, India – As India grapples with a deadly surge in COVID-19 cases,registering thousands of deaths a day, front-line workers are labouring around the clock to save as many lives as possible. Young people, too, are doing their part to protect their communities from the virus. Malati, 15, in Kandhamal District, is one of these tireless young advocates. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - May 18, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

Laotian LGBTQI youth find peace, purpose and community
VIENTIANE, Lao People ’s Democratic Republic – Growing up, Bill didn ’t have anywhere to go to about the confusion she felt about her gender identity. In secondary school, classmates used to taunt her feminine mannerisms, calling her “sissy” and “kathoey” (“ladyboy”). “People could see who I was, but not many of them understand and accept that this is our reality, and it is normal to be different,” said Bill, a 27-year-old transgender woman. “I had to hide myself from the public and avoid talking about my gender identity with everyone, even my family.&...
Source: UNFPA News - May 17, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

Budding photographers in post-cyclone Bangladesh capture wreckage – and resilience
PATUAKHALI DISTRICT, Bangladesh – One year ago this month, Cyclone Amphan unleashed itsfury across Bangladesh, killing 26 and damaging thousands of homes, agricultural lands, bridges and roads. But even as the headlines receded like the waters and the news cycle moved on like the winds, four young budding photographers captured life in the south-central part of the country, an area already burdened by the pandemic.    (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - May 12, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

In crisis after crisis, mothers around the world are asked to do the impossible
UNITED NATIONS, New York ‒“We were all alone, all the time,” Tatuli Paghava, 31, told UNFPA in Georgia, explaining how the COVID-19 pandemic has intensified hardships for mothers. “Everything got harder... especially for the mothers who are doing everything alone,” added Ani Mardaleishvili, 32, also in Georgia. She works in finance and also manages her 4-year-old daughter’s remote learning. “And I’m expecting a second child soon,” she said.  (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - May 5, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

Global shortage of 900,000 midwives threatens women ’s lives and health, new report shows
ERBIL, Iraq/UNITED NATIONS, New York –“A 35-year-old pregnant woman came to our clinic with abdominal pain,” recalled Hawrin Yousif, a 27-year-old midwife in the Khazir displacement camp in the Kurdistan Region of northern Iraq. “After conducting a medical check-up, I understood that she had been going through early labour for the last five hours and urgently needed to be taken to the maternity hospital in Erbil.”   (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - May 4, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

Women are the driving force advancing sexual and reproductive health and rights in Brazil
BAHIA STATE, Brazil – Carol Nascimento was 21 when she left home in Belo Horizonte in search of a life purpose. She found it in Vale do Cap ão, in the rural community of Chapada Diamantina, where she formedAlevante da Terra (Earth Rising), a women ’s collective.  (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - May 3, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

Refusing to submit to a virginity test, one bride risks death
HERAT, Afghanistan –Sahar*, 22, and Abdul Baseer*, 28, in Guzara District of Afghanistan ’s Herat Province, did not choose to marry one another. Instead, the decision was made by their parents, as is typical in much of the country. Two months after the wedding, Sahar ’s father found his daughter in tears. “I asked her if something is wrong, but all she told me was that everything is fine and that she misses us,” recalled her father, Aref*. “I think I knew even then that something was wrong.” (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - April 26, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

Drought in Somalia forces displacement, posing particular challenges for women and girls
SOUTH-WEST STATE, Somalia – Weeks turned into months, and still the rains never came. As the drought in Somalia scorches the land, the chances for a family ’s survival wither and die like crops and livestock, forcing them to search for lifelines elsewhere.   (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - April 22, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

Studies show severe toll of COVID-19 on sexual and reproductive health, rights around the world
UNITED NATIONS, New York– Researchers, advocates and leaders convened last week ahead of the United Nations Commission on Population and Development to explore the continuing severe toll of the COVID-19 pandemic on gender equality and sexual and reproductive health around the world. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - April 21, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

Bodily autonomy: Busting 7 myths that undermine individual rights and freedoms
UNITED NATIONS, New York –Nearly half of all women are denied their bodily autonomy, according to data from 57 countries, UNFPA ’sflagship report announced today. The 2021 State of World Population report, titled My Body is My Own, marks the first time a United Nations report focuses on the power and agency of individuals to make choices about their bodies without fear, violence or coercion. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - April 14, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

Elopement or kidnapping? A love story in Afghanistan
KABUL, Afghanistan – When Nabila, 23, fell in love with the young man next door, their romance was destined to be complicated. Nabila ’s hand in marriage was already promised to her cousin, a common practice in their Afghan community.Marriage is a critical rite of passage in Afghanistan – not just for those getting married, but for their families. Parents, and sometimes other relatives, play a key role in deliberating over potential matches. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - April 13, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

Serbian women with disabilities shatter taboos, transform health services amid pandemic
BELGRADE, Serbia – M ónika Zsúnyi, 26, can do many extraordinary things. Living in Temerin, Serbia, she has an advanced degree in applied mathematics and spends her time doing 3D modelling. She is an avid reader and community organizer. She is also – likemore than a billion people around the world – living with a disability. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - April 12, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

Timor-Leste floods leave death, destruction and displacement in their wake
DILI, Timor-Leste – Forty-two deaths. Dozens missing. More than 10,000 newly homeless. Impassable roads. Power blackouts. Rescue attempts requiring excavators and cranes. This is the devastating aftermath   for Timor-Leste, an island nation already battling COVID-19, after being hit with torrential rains from Tropical Cyclone Seroja. The downpour caused landslides and the worst flooding in four decades.  The Government, with support by United Nations agencies including UNFPA and development partners, is leading the humanitarian response. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - April 9, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

A publication on reproductive health for women with disabilities is published in Braille
ALMATY, Kazakhstan – In a win for inclusion, a reproductive health publication for women with disabilities has been published in Braille for the visually impaired. “A matter of importance: your reproductive health and reproductive rights”, which is also available on audio disc, provides women with disabilities information on sexual and reproductive health, including family planning, their rights to decide if, when and how many children to have and accessin g services. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - April 6, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

Yemeni midwives help deliver hope during Ramadan
SANA'A, Yemen – Often heard throughout the global pandemic is that essential workers cannot work from home. But the world ’s worst humanitariancrisis calls for extraordinary measures. In a country ravaged by conflict, where only half of health facilities are operable and only one in five of those remaining offer maternal care, midwives are carving out space in their homes for makeshift maternity clinics. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - April 1, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

Dominican Republic project champions welfare of mothers amid COVID-19 pandemic
EL ÍAS PIÑA, Dominican Republic –While Luc ía García’s husband is away planting peanuts, she feeds the children in their simple, clay-floored house. At 19 years old, she is already pregnant with her third child. The family struggles to get by on an income of less than three dollars per day. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - March 29, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

Mobile clinics deliver last-mile reproductive health care in Madagascar
AMBOVOMBE, Madagascar – Ambovombe is a landlocked district in southern Madagascar, where only about half of health facilities are accessible year-round because of poor roads and challenging terrain. And even if one could get there, the cost of transportation is too high, resulting in 61 percent of births taking place outside of a health facility, according to a 2018survey. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - March 26, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

Motherhood on the brink: Pregnant women in Yemen under famine and violence
CRATER, Yemen –  “It was the morning of a normal working day before fighting escalated close to the hospital. I heard a mother screaming at the gate,” midwife Shrook Khalid Saeed told UNFPA this week at the Al Shaab Hospital in the district of Crater, in Yemen. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - March 25, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

Sudan sees expanded life-saving reproductive health services, with women at the helm
DAMAZIN, Sudan– Farina*, 50, in Sudan’s Blue Nile State, cannot remember how long ago she developed an obstetric fistula, a devastating childbirth injury that causes chronic incontinence, infections and, often, ostracism from the community. Farina was married while just a teenager. Child marriage greatly increases the risk of experiencing obstructed childbirth, which, without timely treatment, is often deadly. Those who survive, like Farina, may develop anobstetric fistula. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - March 24, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

We must empower women and girls to claim their bodily autonomy, leaders affirm
UNITED NATIONS, New York –“When I was 15, I was to be forcibly married off to a guy I had never met,” Rachana Sunar told a rapt audience during a virtual panel discussion held as part of the65th session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. “Without my involvement in the decision-making over my own wedding, I was asked to get ready to become a bride.” (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - March 19, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

Syria ’s decade of conflict takes massive toll on women and girls
DAMASCUS, Syria– This week, Syria marks a grim anniversary: 10 years since the start of the country’s grinding conflict. Today, one decade into the catastrophe, about half the country’s entire population has been uprooted, with some 12 million people in internal displacement or living as refugees. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - March 15, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

One year into the pandemic, UNFPA estimates 12 million women have seen contraceptive interruptions, leading to 1.4 million unintended pregnancies
KATHMANDU, Nepal/UNITED NATIONS, New York – An estimated 12 million women have experienced disruptions in their family planning services due to the COVID-19 pandemic, leading to 1.4 million unintended pregnancies, according tonew estimates released today by UNFPA and Avenir Health.   (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - March 11, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

From child bride to midwife saving lives of Afghan mothers
CHISHTI SHARIF, Herat province, Afghanistan –  At 14, she was married. By her 15th birthday, she had borne her first child. But Amina Mansoory’s story does not end in the way all too common with early marriage and childbearing. “Although my father wed me off early, he told my husband-to-be and in-laws not to prevent me from attending scho ol,” said Ms. Mansoory, now 23 and a mother of two.   (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - March 10, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news