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6 May 2014

United Nations agencies report steady progress in saving mothers’ lives

GENEVA / NEW YORK | 6 May 2014 – New United Nations* data show a 45% reduction in maternal deaths since 1990. An estimated 289, 000 women died in 2013 due to complications in pregnancy and childbirth... Read more

30 April 2014

Concerted efforts required to scale up midwifery skills

Globally, in the past two decades, maternal death has declined by nearly half. In the same period, skilled birth attendance has increased by 15 per cent, with two out of three deliveries worldwide... Read more

25 April 2014

Ivorian government and UNFPA tackle teenage pregnancy in schools

Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire – Faced with the alarming number of pregnancies recorded among students in primary and secondary schools, more than 5000 cases in 2013 alone, the Ivorian government launched a... Read more

17 April 2014

UN accelerates progress in reproductive, maternal and child health in Guinea Bissau

Bissau, Guinea – Bissau - Five United Nations agencies are implementing together the H4+ Initiative , with funding from the Swedish Development Agency (SIDA), to accelerate progress towards achieving... Read more

17 April 2014

Harnessing the potential of Africa’s youth

United Nations, New York – The growing number of young people in Africa could offer enormous potential gains to the continent, but only if their needs are met and their rights are fulfilled. This was... Read more

8 April 2014

How has the world changed in the last 20 years?

United Nations, New York – Twenty years ago, in 1994, the international community gathered in Cairo to explore how the world was changing and how those changes were affecting the most vulnerable. At... Read more

31 March 2014

Addressing maternal mortality has a positive impact on countries’ human capital

Dakar, Senegal - The maternal mortality and morbidity have a negative impact on human capital and by extension on the development of countries. Conversely, they can be avoided in most cases. A good... Read more

27 March 2014

Cote d'Ivoire prioritizes women’s health

The Ivorian Ministry of Health’s new health policy centred on women, places family planning, pregnancy monitoring or HIV screening at the heart of the restructuring of its health system following the... Read more

19 March 2014

UNFPA using arts to promote health, social cohesion, peace in CAR

Bangui, Central African Republic (CAR) – Within the framework of its response to the humanitarian crisis in the country, the UNFPA, United Nations Population Fund, is closely working with thirty... Read more

14 March 2014

Empowering youth to end Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting

UNITED NATIONS, New York - “We want to stress the fact that youth cannot and will not be ignored. We may be young, but we have experienced female genital mutilation. We know how it feels. We... Read more