Obstetric fistula is a debilitating injury that usually results from obstructed labour, one of the major causes of maternal deaths. A fistula can usually be repaired with reconstructive surgery.

Most women affected by this injury do not know about the treatment available, or they are unable to afford it or to reach the facilities where it is available. At Mendefera Referral Hospital in Eritrea, UNFPA is supporting the efforts of the Eritrean government and partners to heal fistulas and restore hope for the women who suffer from this condition. 


A pre-conference event on the Demographic Dividend: Investing for a Lifetime of Returns - And Generations to come was held ahead of the International Conference on Family Planning, in Kigali, Rwanda.


UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem took time out during the International Conference on Family Planning to pay her respects at Kigali Genocide Memorial to the victims of the 1994 Rwandan genocide.


A high-level delegation headed by Dereje Wordofa, UNFPA Deputy Executive Director and UN Assistant Secretary-General visited Eritrea on 18-19 October 2018 to view the country's development gains.


"We don't plan to have more children. Education is important. I would like my two children to go to university and I am preparing for that," says Sharrow Vilinga Nalisi, 31, from Kenya. She explains why access to modern contraceptive methods is important to her.


UNFPA's Innovation Accelerator (iAccelerator) presents solutions for young people by young people. Uhirwa Silvie and Muzungu Hirwa Sylvain, filmed in Mahama Refugee Camp in Rwanda, are co-founders of Tantine, a mobile app that that provides reproductive health information for refugee youth. Here, they explain how their innovation works to help young people in the settlement.


Listen to this remarkable poem by 10-year-old Lynnette Mtomba on menstruation, recited at Africa's first ever Menstrual Health Management Symposium held by UNFPA and the Government of South Africa, in Johannesburg from 28-29 May.


What happened at Africa's first ever Menstrual Health Management Symposium, organized by UNFPA and the Government of South Africa in Johannesburg on 28 and 29 May 2018? Watch this overview. [3:33 mins]


Nelson Mandela International Day 2018 marks 100 years since the birth of Nelson Mandela. The Centenary is an occasion to reflect on his life and legacy, and to follow his call to “make of the world a better place.” Read more


Watch how UNFPA works to empower the most vulnerable Kenyans to access quality, integrated maternal health services, and the effect this is having on maternal health.