For 23-year-old Fatima, it took the death of one child to spark a simple but transformational change, to convince the whole village to start using toilets and improve the health of many young lives.
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"One week after I delivered my second child, I realized that there was an issue," Aisha told UNFPA from her hospital bed in Maiduguri, in north-east Nigeria. She had developed an obstetric fistula, a devastating childbirth injury that can derail a woman's whole life.
In Ukraine, 35 per cent of women living with HIV have experienced violence since the age of 15. Many women cannot definitively say that they have experienced violence, because they have suffered and witnessed gender-based violence through generations and it has been normalized. For women living with
On World Diabetes Day, the United Nations health agency has said that women - especially those in low-income countries - are particularly vulnerable to diabetes, a condition that can be prevented or delayed with medication, regular screening and healthier lives.
Complications during pregnancy and childbirth are a leading cause of death among women in South Sudan, which has the fifth highest maternal mortality rate in the world. UNICEF and partners are providing maternal medical kits to health facilities across the country to help more women have safe and healthy births.
More must be done to stop babies from dying the day they are born, United Nations agencies said in a new report issued Thursday, which argued that life-saving know-how and technologies must be made readily available - particularly in Southern Asia and sub-Saharan Africa - where they are most needed.
UN Women Deputy Executive Director for Policy and Programme Yannick Glemarec is meeting high-level government officials, partners, donors, and women leaders from market vendor associations and civil society during his first official visit to Solomon Islands.
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today appointed Natalia Kanem of Panama to head the UN's women's health agency.
"My husband and I agreed to use family planning and not have more kids, but he was pressured by our family and I got pregnant again," said Ahlam, a mother of two in Yemen, earlier this year.
Large-scale displacement and a health system in tatters as a result of persistent violence by the Boko Haram terrorist group have left many - most worryingly, pregnant women and their unborn babies - vulnerable to cholera in the wake of an outbreak in August, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has warned