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The infant and maternal mortality rates in the mountainous regions of northern Vietnam are 10 times higher than the national average. This Al Jazeera film tells the story of a Hmong ethnic minority midwife who has been trained to provide maternal care to her community in the isolated Chi Ca commune. Filmmakers: Nick Ahlmark and Nicole Precel / Storytime Films


President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of Indonesia talks about the challenges in a world of 7 billion people. Video: UNFPA Indonesia


Nearly 30 per cent of Lao women who want to avoid pregnancy are not using a family planning method. To help close this gap, a new initiative uses villagers to distribute contraceptives in communities that are far from regular health services.


As the world's population pushes towards 7 billion, its second most populous country India continues to face rapid rural to urban migration, as millions of people continue to seek better economic opportunities in its already over-populated cities.


The world's population will top seven billion people in 31 October 2011. This unique moment in human history represents both an achievement and a challenge, and will have an impact on every single person on the planet, particularly in the developing countries of Asia.


Video: UNFPA Viet Nam


Video: UNFPA Indonesia


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