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Guinea-Bissau

Minister of Public Health, Family and Social Cohesion Maria Inácia Có Mendes Sanhá and First Lady Maria Rosa Goudiaby Vaz cut a ribbon to open a UNFPA-supported maternity waiting home in Buba.
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Until last month, when a woman needed an emergency Caesarean section on the island of Bubaque, in Guinea-Bissau, she had to take a five-hour boat ride to the capital city. And the boat ran only once a week. Bubaque’s regional hospital – which serves 17 islands in the Bijagos archipelago – did not have any surgical ward at all. It also lacked the ability to provide emergency obstetric and neonatal care. A new surgical ward, supported by UNFPA and the government of Portugal, opened at the regional hospital on 25 July.