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Benoît Kalasa

Director of the UNFPA West and Central Africa Regional Office

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1 October

International Day of Older Persons

11 October

International Day of the Girl Child

16 October

World Food Day

24 October

United Nations Day

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Pregnant in the shadow of Ebola: Deteriorating health systems endanger women

The Ebola crisis has left health systems reeling, increasing threats to pregnant women. Throughout the three most-affected countries – Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone – health facilities are gravely understaffed, and in many, health workers lack the personal protection equipment required to keep them safe from exposure. Many women are refusing to seek care from health centres, and some overwhelmed, undersupplied health facilities are turning away those who arrive. more

Ebola Wiping Out Gains in Safe Motherhood

UNITED NATIONS, New York — As the world intensifies its response to the Ebola crisis in West Africa, the needs of pregnant women must be addressed urgently to save the lives of mothers and infants, warns UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund. more

Contact Tracers Save Lives in Sierra Leone

A 25 year-old woman Hassanatu Kanu contracted the deadly Ebola Viral Disease (EVD) in Mabora village, Port Loko District, Sierra Leone. more

West Africa: UNFPA supports efforts to contain Ebola in the region

Accra, Ghana. On 10 October, UNFPA Regional Director for West and Central Africa Mr. Benoit Kalasa and the UN Assistant Secretary-General and Director of UNDP’s Regional Bureau for Africa Mr. Abdoulaye Mar Dieye met with H.E. President John Dramani Mahama to discuss the UN support in the fight against the Ebola Viral Disease (EVD). more

UNFPA donates motorcycle ambulances to save lives of women and children in rural Guinea-Bissau

In order to ensure women and under 5 children can reach in time local health services, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) is donating motorcycle ambulances to rural areas. By the end of this year, 7 regions will receive those helpful vehicles more
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The School of Husbands, Niger

 "The School of Husbands" project aims to get men actively involve in the promotion of reproductive health.

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Fighting fistula in Chad
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Changing family planning environment in Burkina Faso