Mobile clinics treat reproductive cancers in along Ukraine ’s contact line
POPASNA, Ukraine –“I just hope it’s not cancer,” Valentina, 71, recalled thinking when she visited a mobile clinic in Ukraine last year.She had been suffering intense pain in her pelvic area for a long time, but because her rural village in Popasna District lacked medical specialists, like gynaecologists, she had refrained from seeking care. Specialists were available in the district clinic, 10 km away, but Valentina said her poor eyesight prevented her from traveling that distance. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - October 30, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

The future we want for women and girls
UNITED NATIONS, New York –On 24 October, the United Nations will celebrate its 75th anniversary. Known as UN Day, this anniversary is usually a moment to reflect on the accomplishments made possible through global solidarity: the promotion of peace and human rights, scientific progress and collective public health. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - October 23, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

Midwives on the front lines working to reverse Afghanistan ’s high maternal death rate
SHAHRISTAN, Afghanistan –“It was midnight on 6 August when there was a loud knocking at my front door. My husband answered. Standing in the dark was a person asking for my help – a baby was being born,” Shirin described to UNFPA.It was the start of the greatest challenge she had ever faced as a midwife. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - October 21, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

What we learn by listening to girls
UNITED NATIONS, New York – On 11 October, organizations and activists around the world will mark the International Day of the Girl Child, shining a spotlight on the rights, needs,   vulnerabilities, contributions and future potential of girls everywhere.The theme for the day is “My Voice, Our Equal Future” because girls’ voices are seldom heard – not in the halls of governments, nor in homes or classrooms.But what do we learn when we finally listen to girls? (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - October 9, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

Pandemic and rising tide of violence increase demand for mental health, psychosocial care
BUMTHANG, Bhutan –The global impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has been staggering:more than 1 million people have died and more than 35 million people have been infected. But the full health impact has been far greater. Fear, isolation, grief, economic stress and shuttered support services have taken a toll on the mental health of people around the world. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - October 8, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

Flooding in Sudan leaves pregnant women, violence survivors stranded
KHARTOUM/GEZIRA, Sudan –Massive flooding in Sudan –the worst in 30 years– has created an ongoing humanitarian crisis, on top of the country’sexisting COVID-19 health crisis. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - October 5, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

A former child bride in Afghanistan finds hope and new life during COVID-19
HERAT, Afghanistan –Mahgul* vividly remembers the day she was engaged to be married. “My mother helped me into my new pink dress. She accompanied me to a room where four or five women had gathered. Some of them called me ‘little bride’,” Mahgul recalled in a recent interview with UNFPA. “I was confused. I looked at my mother, and she said that I was to become engaged. I wa s 7.”Mahgul lives in a village in Herat, Afghanistan, where her betrothal at that young age was considered normal. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - October 4, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

Reproductive health facilities resume life-saving work, but funding remains scarce
SANA ’A, Yemen –In mid-May, just as the COVID-19 pandemic arrived in Yemen, funding for UNFPA ’s life-saving reproductive health services dried up. UNFPA was forced to suspend the provision of reproductive health care in 140 out of 180 health facilities.The consequences have been catastrophic, particularly for pregnant women and girls. Health workers around the countryrecounted heart-breaking instances of preventable maternal deaths taking place after care became unavailable. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - October 3, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

Progress towards gender equality at risk, say leaders at 25th anniversary of Beijing women ’s conference
UNITED NATIONS, New York – Yesterday, leaders at the United Nations commemorated the 25th anniversary of the historicFourth World Conference on Women, when more than 30,000 activists and advocates convened in China to adopt a comprehensive agenda to realize gender equality, known as theBeijing Declaration and Platform for Action. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - October 1, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

Survivors of sexual violence need healing and justice even amid pandemic, leaders assert
UNITED NATIONS, New York/DOHUK, Iraq – Nearly 1,000 delegates convened at a virtual United Nations event yesterday to urge action to end sexual and gender-based violence in humanitarian settings. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - September 28, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

E-voucher system targets pregnant women and new mothers in Syria
DAMASCUS, Syria – In Syria, communities are struggling under the weight of the prolonged war, an escalating economic crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic. More than11 million people across the country are in need of humanitarian support. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - September 27, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

Three things you need to know about contraceptives and COVID-19
UNITED NATIONS, New York –This year marks six decades since the first oral contraceptive pill was introduced. Oral contraceptives – and other modern, reliable family planning supplies – have since been globally recognized asessential medicines. Family planning supplies not only empower women and girls to take ownership of their health and futures – but they also save lives by reducing the risk of maternal death. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - September 24, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

El Salvador begins telemedicine for pregnant women, new mothers and other priority groups
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador – In a bid to control the COVID-19 pandemic, El Salvador has enacted strict lockdown measures. Still, the pandemic is taking a serious toll, with more than27,000 cases of the disease confirmed by mid-September. Related economic impacts have left more than162,000 households facing severe food insecurity. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - September 22, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

Against the odds, delivering mental health support in Yemen
SANA ’A, Yemen –Years of war, poverty and gender-based violence have taken a serious toll on the mental health of many women and girls in Yemen. Now, the COVID-19 pandemic and related economic hardships have only aggravated their situation.Marwa* has experienced these stresses first-hand. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - September 21, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

Dual calamity as floods hit India ’s Bihar state amid pandemic
BIHAR, India – Life has come to a standstill in much of India ’s Bihar State as a ferocious monsoon season coincides with the COVID-19 pandemic. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - September 15, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

Demand for Afghanistan ’s midwives unflagging during COVID-19 pandemic
KABUL, Afghanistan –“When I returned home from work, I had to isolate myself,” described Suhaila Sadat, a midwife at the Malalai Maternity Hospital in Afghanistan. “My parents were worried about me because I interact with patients all day at the hospital. The risk of COVID-19 infection exists here.” (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - September 13, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

The Rohingya influx, three years on
COX ’S BAZAR, Bangladesh –The 25th of August marked a tragic anniversary: three years since the mass influx of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees into Bangladesh from neighbouring Myanmar.Today, there are around 1 million Rohingya refugees living in Bangladesh. Nearly 90 per cent of them are living in a network of 30-plus camps in Cox ’s Bazar District, where crowding and sanitation conditions leave them vulnerable to the COVID-9 pandemic. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - September 9, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

Prioritizing women ’s and girls’ needs in wake of Beirut explosion
BEIRUT, Lebanon – A month after theBeirut Port explosion, life remains uncertain for thousands of women and girls. Among the displaced are anestimated 84,000 women and girls of reproductive age. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - September 9, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

Mobile health teams bring critical services to women in remote Afghanistan
BADAKHSHAN, Afghanistan – It has been a harrowing year for women and girls in Afghanistan. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - September 2, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

Viet Nam releases landmark follow-up study on violence against women
HANOI, Viet Nam –“On my body, there are still traces of my husband. I have permanent scars all over my face so I can never forget him.” These were the words of Tuyen*, a woman in her 50s living in rural Viet Nam. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - August 27, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

Mobile medical units deployed as Beirut health system copes after explosion
BEIRUT, Lebanon – Weeks after a horrific explosion devastated the Lebanese capital, Beirut, views ofsmouldering wreckage are being steadily replaced by scenes of collective action. Community members and partner organizations are providing health care and meeting other basic needs, such as food and water, in addition to repairing badly damaged homes. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - August 24, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

Amid pandemic disruptions, Haiti ’s midwives urge pregnant women to continue antenatal care
PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti –“In the past, I was really afraid because of COVID-19,” Frantzia Noël told UNFPA. She is 35 years old and 4 months pregnant, living in north-western Haiti.Fear of the virus has discouraged many women from seeking maternal health care. Some maternity facilities have reported as much as a 25 per cent decline in patients. Health officials warn that complications of pregnancy and maternal injury or death could rise as a result. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - August 23, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

On World Humanitarian Day, UNFPA applauds real-life superheroes
UNITED NATIONS, New York – Communities around the world are under siege – by the COVID-19 pandemic, violence, faltering economies, natural disasters and climate change. And “saving lives has never been more harrowing,” said UNFPA’s Executive Director, Dr. Natalia Kanem, in astatement released today. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - August 18, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

From child bride to fearless face mask maker: Yemen ’s safe spaces help women reclaim their lives
SANA ’A, Yemen –Salwa, 35, has survived child marriage, three abusive husbands, crushing poverty and years of grinding conflict. After the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, she also endured starvation. But now, only months after joining a women ’s safe space and learning to sew, she is building a new life for herself.Salwa ’s hardships began when she was married off at age 12. Her husband mistreated her for years, and then abandoned her, taking their daughter with him. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - August 16, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

Meeting the needs of older people through solidarity, empowerment and data
CHI ȘINĂU, Moldova/UNITED NATIONS, New York –Maria Ro șca has been alone for months. The 73-year-old widow hasn’t left home since the COVID-19 lockdown began. “I keep the TV and the radio on to feel like I’m not alone in the house,” she told UNFPA.But her sense of isolation isn ’t new – just exacerbated. Moldova has one of the highest emigration rates in Europe. Ms. Roșca’s daughter lives in Italy and her son in Russia. “My children can’t even come home to see me because the borders are closed due to the pandemic,” she explained. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - August 12, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

Amid wreckage in Beirut, health and psychosocial needs are paramount
BEIRUT, Lebanon/UNITED NATIONS, New York –A masked aid worker helps an injured woman limp from a mobile first-aid clinic. Another aid worker, Hiba Kchour, carries hygiene supplies past the shattered husk of a car. Others step over rubble as they distribute boxes of personal protective equipment (PPE) to health ministry workers (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - August 12, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

Eswatini SMS service helps women access family planning, food amid pandemic
MBABANE, Eswatini – Once a month, Nolwazi Myeni receives a message on her mobile phone notifying her that family planning services are available despite the pandemic-related lockdown. “I felt very encouraged to be assured that I could visit any clinic amid COVID-19 for my contraceptive needs,” the 24-year-old said.This service has encouraged thousands of women in Eswatini to access contraceptives, and also provided welcome monthly reminders lest they forget. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - July 29, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

Operation SALAMA reaches millions of Moroccans with pandemic information, supplies, support
RABAT, Morocco – When the COVID-19 pandemic arrived in Morocco in March, alarm spread through the country. “At the start of the pandemic, we were very worried about our health,” Halima*, a migrant woman from Madagascar, told UNFPA. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - July 27, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

If you want to change the world, start at home: New tool offers roadmap for changing social norms
UNITED NATIONS, New York/KATETE, Zambia/OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso –“As a female traditional leader, my aim is to be a role model within my chiefdom. I want to ensure that we collectively challenge social and traditional norms and practices that negatively affect our women and girls,” said Kawaza, chieftainess of the Chewa people.  (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - July 19, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

Ride-hailing app delivers contraceptives to users ’ doorsteps
KAMPALA, Uganda – When Betty Nagadya walks through the trading centre on her way home, she sings a song in the local Luganda language: “SafeBoda, SafeBoda, who needs a helmet?” she sings. “For those who feel cold, I have a coat for you.” But her song is not about clothing – it’s about condoms.Ms. Nagadya is a village health team volunteer. She distribute condoms in her community in partnership with the motorcycle taxi company SafeBoda, all as part of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - July 16, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

For pregnant COVID-19 patients in Egypt, a safe place to deliver
CAIRO, Egypt – As soon as she started her ninth month of pregnancy, Mayada Reda started coughing and feeling feverish. Then she lost her sense of taste and smell. “I texted my doctor and I explained to her how I was feeling, and she told me these are symptoms of COVID-19,” Ms. Reda recalled.She was terrified.The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc in Egypt, infecting more than 84,000 people and killing more than 4,000, according to theWorld Health Organization. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - July 15, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

Putting the brakes on COVID-19: Safeguarding the health and rights of women and girls
UNITED NATIONS, New York – Officially, the COVID-19 pandemic has sickened 12 million people and left more than half a million dead. But the full toll of this catastrophe has been incalculably greater. Health systems have been overwhelmed. Economies have been shuttered. And women and girls have been disproportionately affected, with sexual and reproductive health services being curtailed and gender-based violence on the rise. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - July 10, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

For Kyrgyzstan ’s LGBTQI community, risks escalate under COVID-19 pandemic
BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan –Alina* has faced a lifetime of challenges all too familiar to other transgender people. And she says those difficulties have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.Alina was young when she began to feel like she was “living in somebody else’s body,” she said.“I loved trying on my older sisters’ clothes and bows, playing with girls and doing all the things that girls did,” recalled Alina, now 24. “But I was scolded for this. School was the worst place. I was constantly bullied.” (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - July 8, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

Safety elusive for women in South Sudan ’s protection sites amid pandemic
BENTIU, South Sudan – Since the COVID-19 pandemic arrived in South Sudan in April, more than 2,000 cases of the illness have been recorded. Tensions are rising within families and communities, leaving women and girls vulnerable to violence as they attempt to isolate or escape from the virus. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - June 30, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

Five things you didn ’t know about practices that harm girls
UNITED NATIONS, New York –Every day, hundreds of thousands of girls around the world are harmed physically or psychologically, with the full knowledge and consent of their families, friends and communities. And without urgent action, the situation is likely to worsen. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - June 29, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

Health workers in West Africa “in daily danger” while providing reproductive health services
GODOMEY, Benin/ASSAHOUN, Togo/CONAKRY, Guinea –As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread, health workers in several West African countries say it has been challenging to prevent the spread of the virus while providing life-saving sexual and reproductive health services. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - June 28, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

Youth mobilize to support Egypt ’s front-line health workers
CAIRO, Egypt –“Every morning we meet with the intention of packing as many kits as we can, to be delivered to the health workers who are working hard to protect us,” 22-year-old Ammar told UNFPA.Ammar is a volunteer with Y-PEER, UNFPA ’s youth leadership network, which mobilized dozens of young people to assemble hygiene and dignity kits for distribution to health workers working on the front lines of the COVID-19 response. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - June 24, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

Meeting family planning needs in Nepal ’s quarantine centres
KATHMANDU, Nepal –When Kabita Bhandari arrived at a COVID-19 quarantine centre in Baitadi District, in far-western Nepal, residents thought she was bringing food. They soon realized she was delivering another kind of essential supplies: contraceptives.There were four couples staying at the centre, undergoing a mandatory 14-day quarantine after returning from India. They said the family planning supplies were absolutely needed.“The women were worried about getting pregnant,” recounted Ms. Bhandari. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - June 22, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

Teachers and mothers join forces to keep girls in school in Malawi
LILONGWE, Malawi –Isaac Zatha, the headmaster of Chapita Primary School in the Malawian district of Salima, spent years watching his girl students disappear from class when they weremarried off orbecame pregnant. “Every month, I would receive a report of a girl dropping out and by the end of the term, the numbers were significant,” he recounted. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - June 21, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

After tragedy, refugee family finds safety and community in Turkey
KONYA, Turkey –Salimeh was nervous about fleeing from Afghanistan to Turkey as a refugee, but her husband insisted life would be better. They would be safer. They would rise out of poverty. He had no way of knowing she would have to create that new life for herself – without him.“First, I did not want to leave my family and country behind, but my husband convinced me,” she said.He resettled first, in the city of Konya. He found work in construction, and a year later was able to pay for Salimeh and their three children to join him. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - June 18, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

Sahel project helps women raise themselves, their communities from poverty
AM TIMAM, Chad – Once, Adouia Brema was a child bride forced to leave school. Today, she gives her community the gift of light.Her journey – from vulnerable teen mother to solar cell electrician – shows the remarkable feats that marginalized women and girls can achieve when they are empowered with information and economic opportunities.“I was only 13 years old when I got married. The day I got married, I was in sixth grade,” Ms. Brema recalled. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - June 15, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

Pregnant indigenous women in Panama face COVID-19 fears, lack of transport
GN ÄBE BUGLÉ REGION, Panama – Carmen was two days into an excruciating labour when she was carried to the nearest health clinic – three hours away – in a hammock held aloft by community members.Her situation was life-threatening, but she had been unable to seek care earlier because transportation had been suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic and rains had delayed travel by foot.“The population is very distant, days away from adequate care. There is no transportation,” said Ángel Rodríguez, a nurse at the Soloy Health Centre, where Carmen was taken. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - June 10, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

Demand for counselling services spikes in Palestine amid COVID-19 lockdown
GAZA STRIP, Palestine –“Sometimes I feel that this is a nightmare that I will eventually wake up from, but the nightmare is never-ending and I do not know how much longer I can handle this,” T.C.* told UNFPA.  She is a resident in Al-Bureij camp, one of the poorest and most crowded camps in the Gaza Strip. Her husband, a taxi driver, has long been both physically and verbally abusive, but the situation took a dramatic turn for the worse under the COVID-19 pandemic.The abuse became a daily occurrence. T.C. felt she was “not living anymore,” she said.   (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - June 1, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

Dignity kits bring hygiene supplies to vulnerable communities in pandemic-affected area of the Gambia
BASSE, The Gambia –As the COVID-19 pandemic engulfs much of the world, health authorities in The Gambia are working to prevent its transmission across the country ’s borders.Basse, the capital of the Upper River Region, was the site of the Gambia ’s third confirmed case of COVID-19. The town’s bustling market serves as a commercial centre for the region, as well as for border communities in nearby Senegal and Guinea. Health experts are distributing hygiene supplies to marginalized women and girls in the area to aid infection control. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - May 31, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

A matter of life and death for Yemen ’s women and girls as funding dries up
Hajjah, Yemen – In mid-May, just as the COVID-19 pandemic arrived in Yemen, funding for UNFPA ’s life-saving reproductive health services dried up. UNFPA has been forced to suspend the provision of reproductive health care in 140 out of 180 health facilities. Now only 40 health facilities across the country are providing these services.There have already been tragic consequences. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - May 28, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

Nine things you need to know about periods and the pandemic
This article is a joint collaboration between UNFPA and UNICEF, lead agencies in the effort to ensure the health and rights of all people who menstruate. See a version of this article onUNICEF's website. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - May 27, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

In Yemen and around the world, obstetric fistula strikes the most vulnerable women
AL HUDAYDAH, Yemen – Five years ago, Marwa* was a child bride living in the port city of Al Hudaydah. “I was almost 17 years old, and happy with my new life. I was a new bride and I got pregnant fast. I thought life was smiling at me,” she told UNFPA. She had no idea how quickly life would turn upside down. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - May 21, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

Safe birth services save lives, prevent childbirth injury in Tanzania
BARIADI, United Republic of Tanzania –Midwife Nuriat Koku Mtumbi remembers the day in March well: “It was raining heavily and Adimu* had delivered her baby on her way to our facility. “She was shielding herself under a tree” when she gave birth, Ms. Mtumbi recalled.Adiumu was in excruciating pain, and bleeding heavily. She could barely move, “but her mother managed to get her here,” Ms. Mtumbi said. The newborn was struggling to breathe. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - May 21, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

Silent solutions available to quarantined survivors of domestic violence
KYIV, Ukraine –Oleksandra ’s* ex-husband was waging a quiet war against her, she says, one that escalated under quarantine.She lives in the same apartment as her ex-husband and their two children. Sharing that space has always been fraught; she faced constant harassment, humiliation and physical abuse, she said. But after the lockdown, she felt like she had no escape, and she was afraid to seek help, knowing he might eavesdrop on her phone calls. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - May 20, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

With Yemen ’s health system approaching a breaking point, displaced women sew face masks to protect community
SANA ’A, Yemen –With more than130 confirmed cases   of COVID-19, Yemen is struggling to keep the full impact of the pandemic at bay, even as funds for life-sustaining health servicesare running out. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - May 18, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news