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27 July 2021
Statement

Viva Young People, Viva! Unlocking Africa's Youth Potential

We stand on the shoulders of those who have come before us, those who have charted a path or opened up a door for us. As my tenure as UNFPA East and Southern Africa (ESA) Regional Director draws to... Read more

20 July 2021
Statement

A menstrual health revolution for the Africa We Want

Opinion Editorial Dr. Julitta Onabanjo, Regional Director, UNFPA East and Southern Africa A red revolution of a different kind is flowing across Africa, to the benefit of more than half of its people... Read more

19 July 2021
News

Do you know where your birth control is? Tracking contraceptives improves services and choice in Uganda

KAMPALA, Uganda – When Isirimu Margret got pregnant at 16, her hope to continue her studies vanished. She dropped out of school, married her partner and had their child. So when the chance to obtain... Read more

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
Statement

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
News

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

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