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16 July 2021
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Midwives bring portable ultrasound technology to remote communities in Kenya

MFANGANO ISLAND, Kenya – In her four years at Sena Health Centre, midwife Goretti Adhiambo has seen too many lives lost to complications in pregnancy and childbirth. “We provide all the basic... Read more

15 July 2021
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Community leaders become allies in ending child marriage in Mozambique

MAPUTO, Mozambique—“The new law against child marriage is a huge milestone for community leaders. I am disseminating the law in my community and bringing more awareness on the consequences of child... Read more

11 July 2021
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The COVID-19 pandemic may have lasting consequences for the population

World Population Day Statement The COVID-19 pandemic may have lasting consequences for the population. For some, it has led some to postponing childbearing. For others, disruptions in health care... Read more

11 July 2021
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How COVID-19 has increased fertility, adolescent pregnancy and maternal deaths in East and Southern African countries

LUANDA, Angola, MBABANE, Eswatini, PRETORIA, South Africa and LUSAKA, Zambia—“Young people are able to access [sexual and reproductive health] services but not as much as they used to before the... Read more

9 July 2021
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With COVID-19 heralding changes in fertility, leaders must urgently support women’s rights and choices

CHISINAU, Moldova/TETE PROVINCE, Mozambique/CARACAS, Venezuela – “I don’t want to be scared anymore,” 26-year-old Maira Opikuko told UNFPA in Zulia, Venezuela. “I already have six children. I don’t... Read more

8 July 2021
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Tigray conflict decimates maternal health services, overwhelms health workers

SHIRE, Tigray, Ethiopia – “When the conflict broke out, I was two months pregnant. We were forced to flee and walk for days under the blazing sun to reach safety and protection,” said Merhawit... Read more

6 July 2021
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Generating Generation Equality and the Africa We Want for Namibia

WINDHOEK, Namibia—“Gender equity has to be promoted beyond the public sector to cover all segments of society, beyond representation in leadership positions, to permeate all aspects of human... Read more

2 July 2021
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Empowering adolescents and young people to end teenage pregnancy and sexual violence in Rwanda

NYAMASHEKE DISTRICT, Rwanda—When her parents learned that she was pregnant at 17, they threatened to banish her from her home. The man who had impregnated her had already fled their village and would... Read more

29 June 2021
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Life-saving support urgently needed for women and girls fleeing violence from Palma, Cabo Delgado

PALMA, Cabo Delgado, Mozambique—It’s a situation that no woman could wish to find herself in. Caught in conflict in northern Mozambique, displaced women wanting to give birth safely in health... Read more

29 June 2021
Statement

Rape as a strategy of war: demanding protection and justice for the women and girls of Tigray

Opinion Editorial by Dr. Julitta Onabanjo, UNFPA Regional Director for East and Southern Africa The 2018 Nobel Laureate, Dr. Denis Mukwege, a gynaecologist celebrated for his work with survivors of... Read more

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