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UNFPA supports pregnant women affected by floods in Pakistan

PUNJAB PROVINCE, Pakistan – When torrential rains flooded Asma Bibi’s village last month, the pregnant 18 year-old was fortunate enough to reach a rural health centre where she received basic care and health supplies. But not all expectant mothers were able to make it to higher ground. Recent floods in Pakistan’s Punjab province severely disrupted access to health centres across the region and many displaced people, including pregnant women, were unable to reach clinics to receive the care they need. more

New birthing facility provides better health care options for indigenous peoples in Philippines

SITIO GAWASAN, Philippines – The road from Sitio Gawasan to the nearest village health centre is a long one. Accessible only by foot or a bumpy motorcycle ride through unpaved muddy roads, the journey can take up to four hours, a risk few expectant mothers can afford to take. But the opening of a new birthing facility in Gawasan has changed the lives of the local indigenous Arumanen community.

In Viet Nam, the "Story of a Girl Child" echoes harrowing tale of prenatal sex selection

HANOI, Viet Nam – "When I was inside your womb, I felt your care and love given to me each day. When you discovered I was not the son you and Dad had dreamed of, you suffered shame and ridicule." These are lyrics from 'Story of a Girl Child', a song by Miss Vu Thao My, winner of the popular TV singing competition The Voice Viet Nam 2013. The song is helping to draw attention to the painful issue of son preference and resulting concerns about the imbalance of sex ratio at birth. more

Empowering Adolescent Girls: Ending the Cycle of Violence

Today on the International Day of the Girl Child, I join every person around the world who believes that adolescent girls should live free of violence and discrimination. We are guided by the international human rights to which every human being is rightfully entitled. Every girl, no matter where she is born, should have a chance to reach her potential. more

UNFPA responds to needs of most vulnerable as displaced population surges in northern Pakistan

BANNU DISTRICT, Pakistan – When Farhat Begum heard that the ongoing military operations in North Waziristan had displaced more than one million people, she knew that it was time to come home. Today, she works as a midwife in a maternal and neonatal health clinic supported by UNFPA and its partners in Bannu, where most of the displaced have sought shelter. 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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