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7 April 2020

Protecting midwives to keep women and babies safe amid the COVID-19 pandemic

WHD 2020 STATEMENT FROM DR NATALIA KANEM, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, UNFPA On this World Health Day, we mark the first International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife. Midwives are central to everything we... Read more

6 April 2020
Press Release

1,000 migrant women in quarantine for COVID-19 to receive essential sanitary kits in Lao PDR

Vientiane - The United Nations Population Fund, UNFPA, has provided the Government of the Lao Women Union crucial supplies to support the emergency response with a particular focus on the special... Read more

3 April 2020
Press Release

UNFPA supports Viet Nam's response to COVID-19

HA NOI, 3 April 2020 – As part of the United Nations' response to support the Government of Viet Nam’s efforts to contain and mitigate the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, the United... Read more

31 March 2020

UNFPA helps restore dignity of women and girls amid armed conflict in Rakhine

Buthidaung, Myanmar – “When I first fled my village due to the armed clashes, my family got no chance to bring the clothes and other belongings. I had to leave my home and ran to the displaced site.... Read more

29 March 2020

Birth at a time of COVID-19: Iran's midwives save lives

Giving birth is never an easy experience. At a time of COVID-19, the experience can be even more fraught. Iran's midwives are helping pregnant women, new mothers and their babies - reassuring women,... Read more

27 March 2020

Women, girls, health workers must not be overlooked in global COVID-19 response

Statement by UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem With each passing day, the scale of the COVID-19 crisis and its consequences are becoming ever more apparent and alarming. UNFPA, the United... Read more

19 March 2020

Safe Delivery, Even Now - COVID- 19 Global Response Appeal

March - April 2020 requirements: US$67,500,000 The Novel Coronavirus was designated a "public health emergency of international concern" on 30 January 2020 by the World Health Organization (WHO).  On... Read more

19 March 2020
Women face increased risk of violence, loss of livelihoods and other threats under the pandemic. © Unsplash/Tam Wai

As pandemic rages, women and girls face intensified risks

As the COVID-19 pandemic rages around the world, governments are taking unprecedented measures to limit the spread of the virus, ramping up health system responses and announcing movement... Read more

18 March 2020

Supporting frontline health workers in the Philippines responding to COVID-19 pandemic

To augment the ongoing response by the Philippine Department of Health (DOH) to the rapidly escalating COVID-19 outbreak in the country, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in the Philippines... Read more

8 March 2020

From ICPD to Generation Equality, taking stock on Women's Day

Statement by UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem on International Women's Day,  8 March 2020 This International Women's Day, we celebrate the icons who blazed the trail towards gender... Read more