23 May 2016 - Obstetric fistula is a preventable and treatable condition causing added suffering and isolation to at least two million poor and marginalized women and girls worldwide, the United Nations spotlighted on the International Day to End Obstetric Fistula.
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BALAKOH, Afghanistan - It was midnight in the remote Afghan village of Balakoh, and 37-year-old Zainab was entering her tenth hour of labour in her mountainside home.
Laws to protect breastfeeding against the growing multi-billion-dollar breast-milk substitute business are inadequate in most countries, exposing small children to a greater risk of childhood diseases, according to a United Nations report released today.
OBOCK, Djibouti - Four months pregnant and living amidst constant shellings and airstrikes, Jamila decided she had to flee her home in Taizz City, Yemen.
KRAMATORSK, Ukraine - Elena, age 31, found out that she was pregnant with her second child shortly before a ceasefire was declared in Eastern Ukraine last September. Elena's home town of Makiivka had been experiencing heavy, often deadly bombardments with mortars and grenades since the start of the conflict, which marks its second anniversary this April.
A year of conflict in Yemen has left an estimated 3.4 million women of reproductive age between 15 and 49 years in need of humanitarian assistance, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has reported, expressing growing concern about the situation.
Severely traumatized after losing her four-year-old daughter during the April 2015 earthquake in Nepal, Kalpana Shrestha is on the road to recovery today, thanks to psychosocial counselling she received at a UN Women-supported multi-purpose women's centre in Sindhupalchok District. To date, the centre has provided psychosocial counselling to nearly 500 women and young girls.
Natividad Coc believes midwifes are born, not made, and she received the calling herself and went into midwifery training while still a young girl. One sunny afternoon, as she makes her rounds in the mountainous district of Chimaltenango, Guatemala.
One week after Cyclone Winston devastated the island nation of Fiji, Elenoa Adi, age 33, awoke at 4 a.m. to unexpected birth pangs. It was late February, and the baby wasn't due until April.
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) today warned that funding shortfalls threaten their ability to provide essential assistance to some of the most vulnerable families in Mauritania.