Midwives from around the world came to Kuala Lumpur in May 2013 for the Second Global Midwifery Symposium. Five--from Malawi, Nepal, Pakistan, Somalia and Sudan--shared their reasons for becoming midwives, their most memorable delivery experiences, and the key challenges facing expectant mothers in their countries.


On 18 August 2008, a major breach occurred in northern Bihar. Around 4.8 million people in 18 districts were affected by the floods.


In 2011, Pakistan underwent massive flooding and 5 million people were in urgent need. UNFPA immediately responded to this unprecedented humanitarian crisis and swiftly engaged in resuming reproductive health services.


The largest number of youth migrants is in Asia and the Pacific, representing 31% of global youth migrants. Most of them migrant in hope for a better life and are eager to contribute economically, culturally and socially. 


In the forests of southern Laos, boys and girls often marry at age 14 or 15, or even younger, and start having children of their own. The key to reducing adolescent pregnancy, UNFPA reports, is enabling more girls to stay in school.


With limited options for schooling, teenagers in some remote villages in southern Laos routinely marry and start the hard work of raising families by age 14 or 15.


Typhoon Haiyan destroyed health centres and hospitals, leaving thousands of displaced pregnant women in the Philippines at risk without a proper place to deliver. UNFPA is working to restore safe delivery and other reproductive health services.


Tens of thousands of Philippine women and girls made homeless by Typhoon Haiyan continue to live in crowded evacuation centres. UNFPA is providing reproductive health care and working to prevent gender-based violence.


Supporting Women and Girls After Disasters

Asia and the Pacific is the most disaster prone-region in the world. This video captures UNFPA's work to 


Half of all girls in Nepal are married before the age of 18, an illegal but prevalent practice which denies them access to education and puts them at risk of complications in childbirth from having children too young.