Efforts are under way to make childbirth safer in Bangladesh, by training midwives, upgrading facilities and providing lifesaving care closer to where women live. Empowering women to use the services is another challenge.


UNFPA puts every effort into breaking the silence and ensuring that the voices of women are heard. One strategy is to engage men -- policy makers, parents and young boys -- in discourse about the dynamics and consequences of violence. Video: UNFPA Viet Nam


In Nepal, UNFPA and the Women's Rehabilitation Centre (WOREC) are providing treatment for women suffering from obstetric fistula and spreading the word that this debilitating injury can, in most cases, be prevented by avoiding early pregnancy and childbirth and giving birth with a skilled attendant. Video: UNFPA Nepal and WOREC


UNFPA provides relief efforts to assist storm survivors in Northern Mindanao and Eastern Visayas regions in southern Philippines. Video: UNFPA Philippines


While half of all Nepali girls are married before 18 and denied an education, a growing number, informed of their rights, are resisting child marriage.


After a long preparatory process, the Central Statistics Organization (CSO) of Afghanistan has begun a large-scale survey starting with the Bamiyan province. Video: UNFPA Afghanistan


Asia-Pacific Regional Director Nobuko Horibe addresses the closing ceremony of the ICPD Global Youth Forum 2012. The Forum generated recommendations on health, education, employment, families, youth rights, civic participation, well-being including sexuality and called upon the United Nations to "urgently appoint a Special Advisor on Youth who is a young person".


The Myanmar Government with support from UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, undertook a pilot census exercise from 30 March to 10 April 2013 to prepare for a nationwide census in 2014, the country's first in 30 years.


The Asia Pacific region is known to be the most disaster-prone region in the world. This includes India, which has its fair share of recurring disasters throughout the country. In the aftermath of a disaster, life can change in an instant, destroying homes and communities, often leaving families and individuals without basic necessities. The Minimum Initial Service Package initiative in India is an attempt to address these gaps.


A Message from Priyanka Chopra on the national launch of the manual for Minimum Initial Service Package for Sexual and Reproductive Health in Disasters in India