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    • UNFPA and WFP join forces to meet soaring reproductive health and nutrition needs in southern Madagascar
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UNFPA and WFP join forces to meet soaring reproductive health and nutrition needs in southern Madagascar

UNFPA has been active in Madagascar for decades, and supports 26 Listening and Legal Advice Centres across the country

Just weeks away from giving birth to her fifth child, Homoroe Haova, 33, looked down at her stomach and smiled, reassured she could give birth safely as well as feed her children in the coming weeks. Ms. Haova was among 800 women who had waited in line all morning to…

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    • Ms. Nyiraneza will be able to self-administer the injection contraceptive method, Sayana Press, in the privacy of her home, without having to go into the health centre. This added convenience pleases her. © UNFPA Rwanda
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Getting Her Future Back: How New Family Planning Methods Helped a Teen Mum in Rwanda

Her newfound autonomy over her body and reproduction have given her the confidence to make plans for her future

Chanceline Nyiraneza’s life changed for the worse when she fell pregnant at 17, while still in high school. She dropped out of school, was abandoned by her boyfriend and lost the support of her family. The consequences of an unintended pregnancy proved an enormous burden for the teenager. Although her…

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How a Teenager with an STI got More Than she Bargained for at a Lesotho Health Clinic

By providing the girl with counselling and information services, contraceptives, and treating her STI, the clinic provided integrated sexual and reproductive health-care services

When a high school teenager with a sexually transmitted infection (STI) visited a clinic at Ha Koali for treatment, she got more than she expected. Nursing Officer ‘Makatleho Rapapa counselled and treated her, then provided information on family planning, including the newly introduced self-injection depo, Sayanna Press. “The fact that…

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    • A boost in financing needed to achieve global goals and UNFPA’s transformative results
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A boost in financing needed to achieve global goals and UNFPA’s transformative results

The extent of financing needed to achieve the three transformative results by 2030 was released during the landmark Nairobi Summit on ICPD25

While development in the East and Southern Africa region depends on our ability to transform our populations to achieve the collective global and continental goals, the region’s population is projected to grow from 618 million people in 2020 to 1.1 billion by 2050 – putting added pressure on land and…

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    • Students participating in an SYP-sponsored training session. © UNFPA Angola
    • At a local school, Ms. Varela leads a youth empowerment session, sponsored and monitored by the Safeguard Young People programme, with girls aged between 11 and 23 years old. © UNFPA Angola
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Tackling one of the World's Highest Teenage Pregnancy Rates, to Give Girls a Better Future

Angola has one of the highest teenage pregnancy rates in the world

“I have had doors closed in my face many times, but my desire to bring knowledge to young people and adolescents in order to avoid unwanted pregnancy has no end,” said Stela Varela, 28, an activist for the Youth Support Centre (CAJ) and a beneficiary of the Safeguard Young People…

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    • Adolescent girls and boys participating in a youth-friendly sexual and reproductive health session at the Youth Centre in Gambella town, administered by Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus (EECMY) - East Gambella Bethel Synodos (EGBS), with the support of UNFPA Ethiopia. © UNFPA Ethiopia
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Girls Empowered to Tackle Period Stigma and Harmful Practices at Youth-Friendly Safe Spaces

Menstruation is too often taboo and considered an inappropriate topic of discussion, leading to a lack of accurate information for girls

“When I joined the Safe Spaces programme, I didn’t know what was happening to my body. It was the first time I heard about menstruation and how to manage it in a safe, healthy and dignified way,” says Gesemene Omod, a 6th grade student at Wibur primary school in Gambella…

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Women and Youth Take Climate Action in Malawi

UNFPA recognizes that livelihoods, sexual and reproductive health, rights and climate change are interrelated

Had village elders not intervened in stopping her parents from marrying her off at 13, Catherine Mkandawire would have become another statistic. Malawi has one of the highest child marriage rates in the world: 42 per cent of girls are married before 18 and 9 per cent before age 15.…

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"We birthed triplets while Tropical Storm Ana was ripping away parts of the roof" - nurse

Tropical Storm Ana made landfall in Angoche district, in the coastal province of Nampula on 24 January

“On the night the storm hit, we assisted a mother as she gave birth to triplets, while the health centre was flooding and intense wind was ripping away parts of the roof. The situation was scary but we were very lucky. The mother and her three babies survived,” said Filomena…

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UNFPA partners with young game-changers to build climate resilience in Africa

The projects aim to improve access to health supplies for women and girls in remote areas through low-carbon mobile clinics, empowering women and improving livelihoods

UNFPA is turning to young people as an innovation powerhouse to build resilience to climate change in Africa. From more than a hundred innovative projects pitched by young Africans at UNFPA’s 2021 Climate HackLab, two innovative ideas for climate resilience were selected for seed funding and incubation, to turn them…

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    • Death of a friend's sister after female genital mutilation inspires award-winning app
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Death of a friend's sister after female genital mutilation inspires award-winning app

The multilingual app, Axces mobile, has earned social entrepreneur Joseph Mulabbi and his team of developers a runner-up prize in UNFPA's FGM Hacklab

What if girls and women who are at risk of or have survived female genital mutilation (FGM) could receive the right services and support right when they need them? This challenge led to a Ugandan team creating a mobile app to link FGM survivors and at-risk girls with services in real time. The multilingual app, Axces…