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Midwives help lower Afghanistan's towering maternal death rate

KABUL, Afghanistan – Boosting the ranks of midwives has helped to lower Afghanistan’s towering maternal and newborn death rates, a new report shows. Decades of grinding conflict and repressive attitudes towards women had led to enormous maternal and infant death rates. To help reverse this trend, UNFPA and partner organizations sought to strengthen midwifery services – both in hospitals and in rural communities. more

Bitter cold hits flood survivors in Nepal

KATHMANDU, Nepal – Four months after landslides and flooding devastated much of mid-western Nepal, thousands of survivors are now enduring bitter winter temperatures. Offering some reprieve, UNFPA has distributed the last of its flood-response provisions in four of the worst-affected districts. more

Breaking the cycle of poverty: Education first, then marriage

KABUL, Afghanistan – “My uncle and his wife wanted me to get married right after I graduated from high school, but I was determined to find a job instead, to pay to continue my education. I want to become an attorney,” says Dilara, 20, who shared her story as part of the Afghanistan State of Youth 2014 , a landmark report launched last week in the capital, Kabul. more

Human Rights 365: Message of UNFPA Executive Director on International Human Rights Day

Today on International Human Rights Day, I applaud human rights defenders across the globe and everyone who participated in the 16 days of activism to end violence against women. Together, we must stand up for human rights and human dignity for every one every day. This is a global goal worthy in itself and critical for the advance of peace, justice and sustainable development. more

Reproductive health care critical for pregnant women affected by Typhoon Hagupit in the Philippines

MANILA, Philippines – Two million people have been affected by Typhoon Hagupit (locally known as Ruby), according to the latest government figures in the Philippines. They include more than 30,000 pregnant women in seven regions who may be in need of reproductive health services, including facilities and supplies for clean deliveries to prevent maternal and newborn deaths. more
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UNFPA: Sexual Health for Young People - Let's Make it Happen!

In the Asia-Pacific region, there are over 6 million adolescent pregnancies each year; nearly 4 million unsafe abortions among young women, and half a million young people living with HIV. What can we do to ensure young people have better sexual and reproductive lives?
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2:49 min. January 2014
UNFPA's Humanitarian Response in Asia and the Pacific

UNFPA works to meet the needs of women and girls affected by crises, promoting safe motherhood, addressing sexual violence and preventing unwanted pregnancies, as well as helping countries prepare for future humanitarian emergencies.

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2:45 min. January 2014
UNFPA: Creating a Better World for Young People

Young people face many challenges such as lack of access to education, poor working conditions, ill-health and violations of their human rights.

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5:36 min. December 2013
Keeping Displaced Women Safe and Healthy

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

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