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Midwives are the main caregivers for pregnant women and their newborns. But they don't just deliver babies. Find out more about what they do and why their role is so critical for saving the lives of mothers and newborn babies.


More than 2000 youth, aged 16-30 years old, visit Centre Jeunes Kamenge in Burundi every day. The centre runs learning, recreational and cultural activities that help develop young people's skills and promote peace and solidarity among them. With the support of UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, and other partner organizations, it also provides HIV and sexual and reproductive health services in a youth-friendly environment.


Burundi has the second highest population density in sub-Saharan Africa, with 379 inhabitants per square kilometre. On average each woman has 6 children in her lifetime. Every 4 hours, 1 woman dies of pregnancy or childbirth-related causes. Family planning is key to sustainable development in Burundi.


This video is a summary of events at the 28th African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 22-31 January 2017. The theme was 'Harnessing the Demographic Dividend through investments in Youth'.


When floods in Tsholotsho in Zimbabwe's Matabeleland North province left women and girls without access to reproductive health, UNFPA worked with the government to restore their basic health needs through the provision of Dignity Kits, with support from Health Development Fund partners Irish Aid, Sweden, UK Aid and the European Union.


The day I was mutilated. The day I became a woman.

End female genital mutilation.


The iAccelerator programme encourages young people to think critically and creatively about issues related to sexual and reproductive health and seeks to generate innovative, youth-led solutions to these issues. Through a consultative process, the following challenge has been identified: Access to quality sexual and reproductive information and services for young people.

The competition was launched on 2 December 2016 and was followed with a series of boot camps, outreach events and a media campaign throughout the country to encourage the youth to apply and benefit from this opportunity. Following a successful campaign, the competition closed on 23 January 2017. A panel of judges and experts reviewed over 231 applications to shortlist a group of 10 innovators. The Top 10 innovators will present their ideas at the pitch event, for a chance to be picked as the final four.

The top 4 innovative solutions will receive a grant of 10,000 USD, and selected innovators will be coached, mentored and trained under the programme.


Africa's population of young people between the ages of 10-24 is estimated at 370 million. By 2070, it is estimated that the continent will have over 1 billion working age youth and over 800 million children. If the right human capital investments are made in Africa's youth, including quality education, decent employment, effective livelihood skills, and access to health, including sexual and reproductive health, then countries across the continent can potentially see an increase in GDP and per capita income. This is known as the demographic dividend, which occurs as fertility and mortality rates start to fall, leading to a larger working age population and huge potential for economic growth. Dr. Julitta Onabanjo talks about the importance of investing in young people, and outlines strategies that countries can employ to reap the demographic dividend and achieve sustainable development.

Dr. Onabanjo is Regional Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), East and Southern Africa. She studied medicine at the University of Zambia, has a Bachelor degree in biology from the University of London and a Master’s of Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Dr Onabanjo has always had the desire to help people and has a passion for young people and helping them reach their potential and make contributions to their communities. This is clearly reflected in her work to fight child marriage in Africa, and other important programmes administered by UNPFA.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. 


How Ethiopia is progressing with its first digital census.