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Women Refugees bear the brunt of Ethiopia’s forgotten Crisis in Gambella

UNFPA is distributing emergency reproductive health kits to facilities in Gambella

“My only joy is my child, I don’t have anything else in life,” said Nyabel Jock, a 19-year-old refugee from South Sudan, during her regular pregnancy check-up at the Jewi Health Centre in the Jewi Refugee Camp in Gambella.  Nyabel fled to Ethiopia more than five years ago from Nasir…

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Fighting for Justice Against Gender-based Violence in Madagascar

Cases of gender-based violence, including rape, are tragically common in Madagascar

 ”I want to be a health worker when I grow up,” said 8-year-old Satiana Hary* shyly, twisting the edges of her knee-length gown.  “Because I want to be able to treat myself if I fall sick.”    Sadly, little Satiana knows a lot about falling sick, and about violence too.…

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    • With this new system, we will be able to ensure deliveries to the correct health facilities, in the right quantities and at the right time
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Game-changing app tracks essential family planning supplies in Kenya

E-POD app, keeps track of supplies to primary health facilities through the simple touch of a button and was developed to improve essential deliveries across Kenya

As a frontline health-care worker at Isiolo County referral hospital, Denis Mutirithia has a critical role in saving lives – and a new digital tool to help him do so. The pharmaceutical technologist is tasked with predicting and preventing shortages and stockouts of essential medical supplies, including contraceptives. If he…

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Training midwives in Madagascar to bridge a dangerous gap in maternal health care

Madagascar currently has one qualified midwife per 7,000 people, fewer than half of the WHO-recommended minimum

“It wasn’t until I stood alongside my classmates in the delivery room, encouraging an anxious mother-to-be as she gave birth to a little baby boy, that I realised just how valuable this work can be.” For Tahiana Rakotovao, 24, a lifelong dream of becoming a midwife came a step closer…

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Crippling Child Marriage through Art

UNFPA Ghana remains resolute in assisting the government to achieve its goals of eliminating child marriage from the corridors of society

Against the backdrop of the commemoration of 16 days of Activism against all forms of gender-based violence and harmful practices, UNFPA Ghana in collaboration with the Department of Gender of the Volta Regional Coordinating Council launched a Photo Mural on the walls of the Ho Stadium. From the colourful yet…

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UNFPA at the 2021 ICASA Summit: Highlighting SRHR Service Delivery in the Context of the Covid-19 Pandemic

The team outlined some initiatives designed and implemented by UNFPA Ghana

The International Conference on Aids and Sexually Transmitted Infections in Africa (ICASA) is a major bilingual international aids conference which takes place in Africa. Its current biennial hosting alternates between Anglophone and Francophone African countries. The 21st virtual edition of the summit focused on ‘Africa’s AIDS response: the race to…

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    • Reusable sanitary pads are distributed to young adolescent girls and women in Kahda districts in Banadir region, Somalia
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UNFPA continues to provide health services and supportive programmes to adolescents girls in Somalia

In Banadir region, despite the presence of MCH care facilities, the lack of appropriate menstrual hygiene information among young girls and women was evident

With the emergence and spread of COVID-19 across the world, social, political and economic activities came to a standstill in many countries, including Somalia. The implementation of movement restrictions, meant that people had to stay at home round the clock. The restrictions have notably increased incidences of gender-based violence (GBV)…

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Mobile Health Units are Saving Lives in Libya

UNFPA and its partners have deployed mobile health units throughout the country

Rahma was delivering at home when complications arose: obstructed labour, internal bleeding and low haemoglobin levels.   The 18-year-old, a migrant from Niger, was rushed to a mobile health unit in Ghat, where after undergoing a Caesarean section and blood transfusion, she gave birth to a healthy baby boy she named…

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UNFPA receives new USD7 million support from Sweden for reproductive health in South Sudan

The new funds will also support humanitarian response and the completion of the Population Estimation Survey

UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, and the Government of Sweden signed a 60 million Swedish Krona (approximately USD 7 million) additional funding to boost the provision of integrated sexual and reproductive health services in the country. The contribution is in addition to the USD 13 million signed in 2019…

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Women and Girls’ Needs Require Urgent Attention as Climate Shocks, Conflict and COVID Fuel Humanitarian Crises

$835 million is needed to provide life-saving essential services to meet health and protection needs of 54.5 million displaced women, girls and young people in 2022

Natural disasters, intensified by climate change, conflict and the continuing coronavirus pandemic, are driving up humanitarian needs and displacement worldwide, taking a devastating and disproportionate toll on women and girls who are less able to access life-saving services and less likely to be part of decision-making that affects their lives.…