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In Botswana, Boteti Health District’s maternal mortality reduction initiative, the Ntlo ya Botsetsi Support Group, was established in 2018 to reduce maternal deaths in the district. Through the initiative, 18 members were trained on the prevention of maternal mortality. Implementation of the initiative has resulted in a significant decline in maternal deaths, with the district reporting only two such deaths in 2019, one in 2020 and none in 2021.


Training received by midwives at a midwifery skills lab has reduced maternal and neonatal deaths in Migori County, Kenya, with UNFPA support. Nurses and midwives make up 80 per cent of the health workforce in the country, and they are often the first health professionals that patients meet when they seek care. By sharpening midwives' skills in emergency obstetric care, they are averting deaths and disabilities. 


Midwives are taking a life-changing ultrasound device to mothers in hard-to-reach places in Kenya, making it affordable for pregnant women who need it most. Watch how this innovation is saving the lives of women and newborns, with UNFPA's support.


What opportunities are presented by a world of 8 billion people? Listen to Dr. Bannet Ndyanabangi, UNFPA Regional Director for East and Southern Africa, discuss how countries must rise to the occasion for our people in the region.


The global climate crisis is one of the most pressing problems we face. It disrupts development, multiplies people's vulnerabilities and worsens gender equality. It is time that we build resilient health systems that protect the wellbeing of all.


In Mozambique, 1 in 3 women have experienced sexual or physical violence. Watch what happens when service providers offer integrated care to survivors of gender-based violence in Gaza, Manica and Nampula provinces in northern Mozambique, under the Spotlight Initiative, which aims to end all forms of violence against women and girls.


This video explores the issue of relationships particularly between older men and girls that are sexual and transactional, often referred to as “blesser-blessee” relationships in parts of South Africa.


This animated video explains how climate change impacts our sexual and reproductive health and rights.


This discussion looks at the status of online violence against women and girls in East and Southern Africa and how to create an inclusive and safe online space for them. With speeches by Namibian First Lady Monica Geingos and UNFPA Deputy Executive Director (Management) Ib Petersen, it was held as part of UNFPA's GBV Disruptor Conversations in commemoration of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence for 2021.


People with disabilities have the same sexual and reproductive health needs and rights as people without disabilities. Yet people with disabilities face numerous barriers to access sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) services and education and cannot enjoy their SRHR on an equal basis with others.  In addition, growing evidence shows that people with disabilities are more likely to experience health inequalities, have poorer health outcomes including sexual and reproductive health and are more likely to be exposed to violence. The Breaking the Silence (BtS) project has set out to generate more knowledge and data on the sexual and reproductive health and rights of persons with disabilities. It is based at the Gender and Health Research Unit (GHRU) of the SAMRC. This site provides links to key publications from the GHRU and BtS team, information on the BTS flagship project on Comprehensive Sexuality Education (BtS-CSE) and initiatives supported by the BtS team.