Typhoon Haiyan destroyed health centres and hospitals, leaving thousands of displaced pregnant women in the Philippines at risk without a proper place to deliver. UNFPA is working to restore safe delivery and other reproductive health services.


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


Supporting Women and Girls After Disasters

Asia and the Pacific is the most disaster prone-region in the world. This video captures UNFPA's work to 


Half of all girls in Nepal are married before the age of 18, an illegal but prevalent practice which denies them access to education and puts them at risk of complications in childbirth from having children too young. 


Maternal and infant mortality in Laos are high because too many women give birth without skilled assistance. To address this gap, the country recently began to train and deploy a new cadre of licensed community midwives.


Reduction of maternal mortality is one of the eight Millennium Development Goals, but progress has been too slow in the Asia-Pacific region, which accounts for 44 percent of global maternal deaths.


Ifugao women traditionally have given birth at home, where labour complications can be fatal. But childbirth is becoming safer with the establishment of community birthing centres run by skilled midwives.


Filipino lawmakers debate a reproductive health bill that would require the government to distribute modern contraceptives. More than half of the 3.4 million pregnancies happening in the Philippines each year are unintended.


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?


Young people face many challenges such as lack of access to education, poor working conditions, ill-health and violations of their human rights. Yet they can be a strong force if they are empowered. Let's work together with young people to empower them to claim their rights to a better life.