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4 May 2020
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Celebrating midwives, unsung heroes on the frontlines of the COVID-19 crisis response

Statement by UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem on the International Day of the Midwife, 5 May 2020 As the world battles COVID-19, women continue to get pregnant and babies are still being... Read more

4 May 2020
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Providing free transport to mums-to-be to reach midwives in time during coronavirus lockdown

ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar—In her last month of pregnancy, Aina, 24, has decided to give birth safely at hospital. But a partial lockdown has been put in place by the government in response to the... Read more

30 April 2020
Statement

Respect and protect our elderly as valued citizens during the COVID-19 pandemic

Blog: Our Humanity in Times of Crisis By Dr. Julitta Onabanjo We all hope for a long, healthy and happy life. This is captured in the African blessing, “May you reach old age, may you have children,... Read more

28 April 2020
Press Release

UN sets up knowledge hub for Africa to fight COVID-19

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, 24 April 2020 – As the world grapples with the unprecedented global health crisis of COVID-19, the United Nations is spearheading a digital hub to house information and... Read more

28 April 2020
Press Release

New UNFPA projections predict calamitous impact on women’s health as COVID-19 pandemic continues

More than 47 million women could lose access to contraception, leading to 7 million unintended pregnancies in the coming months. New York, USA, 27 April 2020 - As the COVID-19 pandemic rages on, the... Read more

24 April 2020
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A young man's story: Running out of condoms under a COVID-19 lockdown in South Africa

Sipho Shezi*, 24, who co-habits with his girlfriend, faces a tough decision as the COVID-19 lockdown gets extended and he realises he is running out of condoms JOHANNESBURG, South Africa—“We sat... Read more

24 April 2020
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Putting women and girls first: new health tents installed to protect the most vulnerable from COVID-19

PEMBA DISTRICT, Mozambique—To ensure that women and girls are able to access family planning as well as prenatal and post-natal care during the COVID-19 pandemic, special tents have been installed to... Read more

23 April 2020
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Empowering Zambia’s youth with information on COVID-19 via TuneMe app to help curb infections

ZAMBIA—Young people in Zambia are now able to access youth-friendly information on COVID-19 through the TuneMe Platform, a mobile application aimed at empowering youth to make choices about their... Read more

22 April 2020
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Ethiopia's midwives grapple with COVID-19 while ensuring safe delivery

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia – Today, Ethiopia has 116 confirmed cases of COVID-19, a fact that has placed the country’s midwives on high alert. “Midwives cannot maintain physical distance with a labouring... Read more

22 April 2020
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UNFPA helps protect Ugandan frontline health workers against COVID-19 infection

MADI-OKOLLO DISTRICT, West Nile, Uganda—COVID-19 infection prevention supplies including masks, gloves and hand sanitizers are to be distributed to frontline health workers in Madi-Okollo district,... Read more

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