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5 June 2020

Youth and COVID-19 Diaries: Under lockdown with family and getting to know them better

  ZAMBIA: 25-year-old Kondelwani Kamanga’s Story Date of diary session: 8 May 2020 “I keep myself busy and informed by doing free online courses on COVID-19” The situation is not that bad in my... Read more

27 May 2020

How girls in informal settlements are coping with menstrual health during South Africa's COVID-19 lockdown

On May 28, we celebrate Menstrual Hygiene Day, which is dedicated to breaking the silence around periods and promoting good menstrual hygiene management for all. CAPE TOWN, South Africa—When... Read more

25 May 2020

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... Read more

21 May 2020

End gender inequality! End health inequities! End fistula now!

Statement by UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem on the International Day to End Obstetric Fistula, 23 May 2020 Last November, the world convened in Nairobi to celebrate the tremendous gains... Read more

19 May 2020

A woman’s diary of giving birth during the COVID-19 lockdown in South Africa

Pregnant mothers giving birth during COVID-19-related lockdowns face uncertainty and potentially life-threatening challenges. Bonang Motlaung*, a 33-year-old mother of three, shares her personal... Read more

18 May 2020

“We used to worry just about delivering healthy babies and being good mothers” - pregnancy in a time of COVID-19

GABORONE, Botswana—It is a particularly difficult time to be pregnant. The last thing any woman would want is to bring her child into a world of uncertainty, but that’s exactly what pregnant women... Read more

15 May 2020

Break the silence!

Statement by UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem on the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia 17 May 2020 “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and... Read more

8 May 2020
Press Release

UN issues US$6.7 billion appeal to protect millions of lives and stem the spread of coronavirus in fragile countries

The UN’s Humanitarian Chief, Mark Lowcock, has called for swift and determined action to avoid the most destabilizing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic as he releases a US$6.7 billion appeal and an... Read more

5 May 2020

We owe a debt of gratitude to midwives saving lives during the COVID-19 pandemic

Blog: Our Humanity in Times of Crisis By Dr. Julitta Onabanjo As the COVID-19 pandemic strains the availability of essential health-care services across the world, midwives are on the frontline... Read more

4 May 2020

Wellbeing of young Zimbabweans depends on access to youth-friendly sexual and reproductive health services

HARARE, Zimbabwe—While the COVID-19 pandemic has significantly disrupted people’s way of life, UNFPA in Zimbabwe is determined to continue providing sexual and reproductive health services, including... Read more