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5 May 2021
Press Release

New report sounds the alarm on global shortage of 900,000 midwives

Fully investing in midwives by 2035 would avert roughly two-thirds of maternal, newborn deaths and stillbirths, saving 4.3 million lives per year UNITED NATIONS, New York, 5 May 2021—Millions of... Read more

5 May 2021
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... Read more

4 May 2021
News

Symposium to take stock of progress on menstrual health in Africa

Around 5000 participants from Africa and worldwide are expected to gather to track progress on menstrual health on the continent since the first Call to Action was made at the African Menstrual... Read more

3 May 2021
Statement

Trust the evidence: invest in midwives

Statement by UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem International Day of the Midwife 5 May 2021   Every day in every part of the world, midwives save the lives of women and babies and promote the... Read more

3 May 2021
News

UNFPA and UNICEF launch new poll on coping strategies and evolving needs during COVID-19

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa—To help improve management of the COVID-19 pandemic in East and Southern Africa, UNFPA and UNICEF are developing new content on sexual and reproductive health and HIV that... Read more

29 April 2021
News

Family planning uptake drops in Lesotho due to COVID-19 restrictions, analysis shows

MASERU, Lesotho—Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Lesotho experienced a 14 per cent decline in family planning coverage in certain districts in 2020, compared to 2019, with one district registering a... Read more

22 April 2021
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... Read more

21 April 2021
News

Population Estimation Survey in South Sudan to aid development planning and programming ahead of 2022-2023 census

JUBA, South Sudan—Up-to-date and reliable national data on population is critical for evidence-based planning and decision-making to bring progress and sustainable development in South Sudan,... Read more

14 April 2021
Press Release

Nearly half of all women are denied their bodily autonomy, says new UNFPA report, My Body is My Own

Violations include rape, forced sterilization, virginity testing, female genital mutilation and more NEW YORK, 14 April 2021 - Nearly half of women in 57 developing countries are denied the right to... Read more

14 April 2021
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’s flagship report announced today. The 2021 State of World Population... Read more

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