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Mobile clinics deliver last-mile reproductive health care in Madagascar

For five months, two mobile clinics covered more than 10,000 kilometers to serve 59 remote localities in seven districts

Ambovombe is a landlocked district in southern Madagascar, where only about half of health facilities are accessible year-round because of poor roads and challenging terrain. And even if one could get there, the cost of transportation is too high, resulting in 61 percent of births taking place outside of a…

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Innovative Smart Bag redefines menstruation management for refugee girls in Uganda

The Smart Bag consists of a backpack, reusable sanitary towels, a menstrual pad sewing kit, and a menstrual health management information booklet

In Uganda, menstruation management presents a daunting challenge for so many adolescent girls and women. The inability to adequately manage their periods means they often choose to forego school and stay at home for several days each month, according to a study on menstrual health management in Uganda by the…

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Meeting the urgent needs of vulnerable women and girls and those displaced by violence in Cabo Delgado – joint UN mission

UNFPA has installed a sexual and reproductive health tent and a women and girl-friendly space

To respond to the urgent needs of an estimated 530,000 people displaced by violent conflict in Cabo Delgado, UNFPA has supported the government’s installation of sexual and reproductive health tents, women and girl-friendly spaces in relocation sites, distribution of female dignity kits and deployment of mobile clinics to provide remote-based…

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Coronavirus - Somalia: As COVID-19 rages on, midwives continue to provide quality care in Somalia

As of 6 September 2020, Somalia had recorded 3,362 cases with 97 deaths and 2,738 recoveries

Zahra Abdirisak, 24, qualified as a midwife in 2017 from Mogadishu Midwifery School which receives technical and financial support from UNFPA. She has since been playing her role as a midwife; being the primary caregiver for women and their newborns during pregnancy, labour, childbirth and in the post-delivery period. "My…

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Coronavirus - Africa: East and Southern Africa Region COVID-19 Situation Report

South Africa accounts for 85% of the confirmed cases and deaths in the region, with 8,000-12,000 daily new confirmed cases over the last three weeks

Regional Highlights The COVID-19 pandemic continues to take a constant upward trajectory in the region with all countries affected at different stages of the pandemic. A total of 629,655 cases have been registered to date with 11,041 deaths (Case fatality rate of 1.75%) and 431,145 (70%) recoveries. The new confirmed…

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Coronavirus: Eswatini SMS service helps women access family planning, food amid pandemic

This service has encouraged thousands of women in Eswatini to access contraceptives, and also provided welcome monthly reminders lest they forget

Once a month, Nolwazi Myeni receives a message on her mobile phone notifying her that family planning services are available despite the pandemic-related lockdown. “I felt very encouraged to be assured that I could visit any clinic amid COVID-19 for my contraceptive needs,” the 24-year-old said. This service has encouraged…

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Coronavirus - Morocco: Operation SALAMA reaches millions of Moroccans with pandemic information, supplies, support

The Government also worked closely with partners, including UNFPA, to reduce disease transmission and limit the impact of the pandemic on at-risk communities

When the COVID-19 pandemic arrived in Morocco in March, alarm spread through the country. “At the start of the pandemic, we were very worried about our health,” Halima*, a migrant woman from Madagascar, told UNFPA. A state of emergency was declared, and strict movement restrictions were implemented. Within three months…

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Coronavirus - Somalia: The Somali Health and Demographic Survey Report - A tool to fight COVID-19 in Somalia

The survey holds vital information on the health and lives of the Somali people—including nomadic communities

Somalia, like many other countries, is grappling with the deadly COVID-19 pandemic, with over a thousand laboratory-confirmed cases and dozens of associated deaths registered so far. With the support of international partners, the government is implementing various medical, public health, and social interventions to curb the spread of the contagion…

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Coronavirus - Gambia: Dignity Kits improve wellbeing and meet hygiene needs of women and girls amid COVID-19

The dignity kits distributed among the women and girls in the community of Basse are part of a drive to ensure they are not left behind in the National COVID-19 response

During emergency situations like The Gambia is experiencing as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the essential needs of women and girls are often and easily neglected. This is why, UNFPA The Gambia in partnership with the Gambia Red Cross Society on 7 May 2020, commenced the distribution of 300…

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Coronavirus - Africa: West and Central Africa Region COVID-19 Situation Report No. 2

Five countries have surpassed 1,000 confirmed cases, with cases in Guinea and Nigeria increasing most rapidly

Highlights Two months after the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Nigeria on 27 February 2020, the West and Central Africa region is seeing a significant increase in cases and deaths. The World Health Organization (WHO) Africa region indicates that the region accounts for 54% of cases and 35% of…