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

A digital cry for help: Big data study in Asia-Pacific provides key signposts to violence against women amid COVID-19
PATUAKHALI, Bangladesh/BANGKOK, Thailand – A new analysis from the Asia-Pacific region reveals huge increases in online searches for help from intimate partner violence amid the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as rising levels of digital misogyny and harassment. These findings fuel long-running concerns over the safety and welfare of women an d girls amid the ongoing global crisis. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - March 5, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

Women supporting women: Female bus conductors drive out violence in Bhutan
THIMPHU, Bhutan – The pandemic has laid bare many painful truths, not least how tough and isolating the road is when we go through difficult times alone. We’ve seen how working in solidarity is the way to reach where we are heading faster. This International Women’s Day, on 8 March, we celebrate the women sup porting other women, even when their own burdens are great and growing. When women uplift other women, we all rise.Bus conductor Kelsang Tshomo is just such an example.Rising reports of violence (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - March 1, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

In Yemen ’s man-made catastrophe, women and girls pay the heaviest price
IBB, Yemen – Midwife Lena Al-Shurmani remembers meeting Abia* at Al Mawa Camp in Ibb. Abia was 15 years old and eight months pregnant. “I was very worried,” Ms. Al-Shurmani recalled. “She had a prolapsed uterus, and she was severely malnourished.”Abia was worried, too.“Since I got pregnant, I had been living in constant fear,” she told UNFPA. “I heard of many girls in my village losing their lives and their babies giving birth at my age.” (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - February 26, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

Safe spaces in Colombia offer respite to Venezuelan migrants
BOGOT Á, Colombia – Griseida, 28, left Venezuela when she couldn’t find a job to feed her five children. Thirty-five-year-old Marlyng, too, left when there was no work to be found, leaving behind two of three children until she could get settled. They are just two of the approximate 1.6 million migrants in Colomb ia –  themajority of whom have no status – to leave Venezuela’s years-long humanitarian crisis. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - February 25, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

Amid conflict, displacement, pandemic, Syrian girls see a future in … robots
AL BAB, Northwest Syria– Bana, 12, was able to escape her hometown, the city of Aleppo, before the Syrian conflict engulfed her neighbourhood. It was the first of two times she and her family would have to flee violence before settling down here, in Al Bab, northwest Syria. And then the pandemic struck.“Like all girls in Syria, I live a difficult childhood,” she told facilitators at the women’s and girls’ safe space where she receives support and services. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - February 22, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

A pandemic-born programme bolsters local health systems in Brazil
MARAJ Ó ARCHIPELAGO, Brazil – The boat to Santa Cruz do Arari leaves Belém, the capital of Pará state in northern Brazil, at 6 a.m. every day. It is November – dry season – so the river is low, and the boat carrying the UNFPA team can only go as far as the port of Jenipapo, where they drive the rest of the way via dirt road to reach their destination by 2 p.m.  (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - February 15, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

Three girls, three stories: The perils of child marriage and the promise of freedom
BELGRADE, Serbia/LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan/ESK İŞEHİR, Turkey – How much is a girl worth? If you are Maja, the answer is a chicken, a six-pack of beer and €100. That is how much her family, living in a Roma settlement in Serbia, received in exchange for her hand “in marriage.” She was 11 years old at the time. “They benefited maybe a month from it, a nd I was left with a problem for my whole life,” Maja, now 18, said. “My three sisters didn’t do much better. One gave birth when she turned 13. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - February 11, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

Pregnant women struggle to find support, stability after displacement from Tigray Region in Ethiopia
GONDAR, Ethiopia –“When you think about your future, you never plan to be uprooted from the comfort of your home and find fragile safety in a tent,” said 24-year-old Hiwot* from Ethiopia’s embattled Tigray Region.Yet this is exactly where she found herself in early December, while she was seven months pregnant. Fighting intensified around her neighbourhood, forcing her and her husband to flee.   (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - February 10, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

Reformed cutters protect the next generation from female genital mutilation in Kenya
TAMUGH, WEST POKOT COUNTY, Kenya– More than 10,000 girls over 30 years. That’s how many girls three women here cut in female genital mutilation rituals – almost one girl a day, every day, spanning three decades.  (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - February 4, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

As global cases of COVID-19 hit grim milestones and exacerbate other crises, UNFPA strengthens resolve to save lives
UNITED NATIONS, New York– On January 27, the number of coronavirus cases reached a staggering100 million worldwide. Earlier, on January 15, deaths attributed to the virus numbered two million. Those aren ’t the only figures heading in the wrong direction: The pandemic is endangering the health and well-being of women and girls with spiking cases of gender-based violence and female genital mutilation and deteriorating maternal care and reproductive health services.  (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - February 3, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

Child marriage, female genital mutilation urgent priorities as pandemic threatens progress
UNITED NATIONS, New York –February is a busy month for retailers marketing the promise of “happily ever after” to girls around the world. But for tens of millions of girls, this is just a fairytale. Their girlhoods are ending,not with storybook romance but with harmful rites of passage such as child marriage and female genital mutilation – practices believed to be increasing as the COVID-19 pandemic forces girls out of school and drags their families into poverty. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - February 1, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

The diplomatic community lends a hand to help women ’s shelters in Bosnia and Herzegovina
SARAJEVO, Bosnia and Herzegovina– As in many parts of the world, the eight women’s shelters across the country saw rising numbers of survivors of violence seeking refuge during the pandemic. To support the shelters and mark International Human Solidarity Day on 20 December, UNFPA and the British Embassy organized #Cook4Good, i nviting 10 members of the diplomatic community – including ambassadors from the United Kingdom, Sweden and Norway and the USAID director – to lead solidarity efforts.  (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - January 25, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

Amid pandemic and unrest, midwives undeterred in saving lives in Conakry
CONAKRY, Guinea –“Our midwives who work during this period of political crisis are brave and courageous because they face both COVID-19 and violence in the streets,” said Dr. Sekou Keita, the director of Communal Medical Center (CMC) of Matam, a commune of Conakry.It has indeed been a harrowing year for the midwives of Guinea. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - January 22, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

2020 Year in Review: Top 5 stories affecting women and girls
UNITED NATIONS, New York – It comes as no surprise that Merriam-Webster declared “pandemic” the word of the year. The biggest stories all stemmed from one story: COVID-19, a disease that affects the respiratory system, is transmitted by breath and fittingly surrounds us like air. It touched everyone on the planet in some way – a devastating shared fate.  (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - December 28, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

Mongolian women get help to escape violence even amid pandemic
ULAANBAATAR, Mongolia– When Dulam* first sought help from a one-stop service centre in northern Mongolia, she was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.For years, she had experienced violence by her husband – as had her four children, aged 2 - 16. Dulam, now 38, hid the violence from family and friends for fear of bringing shame upon her children. Hope that things would ever get better was all but lost, and she had contemplated suicide.   (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - December 17, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

In Afghanistan, years of inequality and violence give way to a fragile hope
BAMYAN, Afghanistan –“My life has been hard. I have suffered for a long time,” said Khadija, a woman from Bamyan in central Afghanistan. “My husband told me frequently, ‘You’re not able to give me a son’,” she recalled.She gave birth to a daughter, but it was not enough for him – he decided to acquire a second wife.Son preference is common in Afghanistan, as it is in many cultures around the world. It is a reflection of extreme gender inequality and the low status of women and girls. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - December 8, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

After years of conflict, Yemen remains the world ’s worst humanitarian crisis, a UNFPA 2021 appeal shows
UNITED NATIONS, New York– A new Humanitarian Action Overview report released today by UNFPA names Yemen as the country where the needs of women and girls in humanitarian emergencies are greatest. Since internecine conflict escalated in 2015, conditions in the country have steadily collapsed, resulting in internal displac ement, food insecurity and cholera outbreaks — all exacerbated by COVID-19.  (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - December 7, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

Pandemic, stigma threaten to leave persons with disabilities behind, consultations show
UNITED NATIONS, New York – As the COVID-19 pandemic overwhelms health systems, shutters businesses and triggers a spike in gender-based violence, persons with disabilities face particularly acute challenges. This is one of the key insights from a series of consultations that UNFPA and Women Enabled International (WEI) held in September and October, with support from the UN Partnership on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - December 3, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

Young women face greatest threat from intimate partner violence, new UNFPA data dashboard shows
UNITED NATIONS, New York –Anew data dashboard launched by UNFPA today shows that young women face the greatest risk of intimate partner violence. Yet partner violence is rampant around the world, and older women are not immune, the new tool reveals. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - December 2, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

Groups already vulnerable to HIV face increased risks during COVID-19 pandemic
UNITED NATIONS, New York – Marginalized groups with high vulnerability to HIV infection – commonly known as “key populations” – face significantly increased risks during the COVID-19 pandemic, experts say. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - December 1, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

Ethiopian refugees in Sudan in dire need of protection, reproductive health care
UNITED NATIONS, New York/UM RAQUBA, Sudan– More than33,000 people have fled into eastern Sudan from theongoing conflict in Ethiopia ’s Tigray Region, according to United Nations officials. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - November 21, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

In Egypt, family planning unit works to ensure continuity of services amid pandemic
CAIRO, Egypt –This year, Nashwa Mohamed has adopted a new ritual at work: She sits at her desk, looks at her notebook, picks up her phone and calls women who have stopped receiving contraceptives due to the COVID-19 pandemic.Ms. Mohamed is an outreach worker at the Ahalina Family Planning Unit on the outskirts of Cairo.“You haven’t been coming and I know it is out of your hands because of the current circumstances,” she said to a woman on the other end of the line. “I am calling you to make things easier for you.” (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - November 20, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

For one breast cancer survivor in Gaza Strip, a journey of hardship and hope
DEIR AL-BALAH, Gaza Strip, Palestine –“I always encourage the women I know to do a self-examination and regular screenings,” Intisar, 55, told UNFPA. She is a breast cancer survivor from Deir al-Balah in the Gaza Strip, and her outspokenness about the topic is a rarity in her community. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - November 17, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

Ukraine steadfast in tackling gender-based violence, despite pandemic-related increases
KYIV, Ukraine –“Sometimes we receive telephone calls where a woman asks for help for her neighbour. She says, ‘My neighbour is suffering, what do you advise?’ And I can hear her voice is trembling, and I realise that she is not speaking about her neighbour, but about herself,” described Tetyana Franchuk, a psychologist who works a UNFPA-supported psychosocial team south of Kyiv. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - November 12, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

Even amid pandemic, governments and advocates rally behind sexual and reproductive health and rights
UNITED NATIONS, New York– Even as the global COVID-19 pandemic strains disrupts economies and strains health and social services, governments and partners are signalling that their commitment to the health and rights of women and girls is unflagging. One year ago, at the landmark Nairobi Summit on ICPD25, more than 8,000 delegates from 170 countries – representing governments, academia, civil society, corporate partners and others – made more than 1,250 commitments in support of sexual and reproductive health and rights.  (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - November 12, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

Hondurans lose critical health services after Hurricane Eta tears through Central America
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras –Women and girls in Honduras are at high risk in the aftermath of Hurricane Eta. More than 400,000 women have been directly affected by the widespread destruction and are now left without access to essential health services.The storm has been wreaking havoc since 3 November, when it began to pummel parts of Central America as a Category 4 hurricane. By the time it moved into central Honduras, it had been downgraded to a tropical depression, but it continued to unleash deadly floods and landslides. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - November 8, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

Honduras television drama shines light on teen pregnancy, helps girls speak out
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras – Karen, a 14-year-old teenager, lives with her family in a slum on the outskirts of Tegucigalpa, Honduras. She is afraid to return home after school because she is afraid of her uncle, who has tried to sexually assault her. This is storyline on the Honduran TV miniseries Es Cosa D-2, a show designed not only to entertain but also to empower girls, educate the public and lower the incidence of teen pregnancies. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - November 4, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund Source Type: news

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

Ending racism is a task for everyone and is central to building fairer, more democratic and egalitarian societies
Ending racism is a task for everyone and constitutes a central aspect in building fairer, more democratic and egalitarian societies, authorities from the region expressed during the launch of the bookAfrodescendants and the matrix of social inequality in Latin America: Challenges for inclusion, presented today in the framework of thethirty-eighth session of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC). (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - October 29, 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