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23 May, 2018

Leaving no one behind: Let us commit to ending fistula now!

Statement of UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem on the International Day to End Obstetric Fistula, 23 May 2018

22 May, 2018

Debilitating childbirth injury takes major toll on women

JIMMA, Ethiopia – After her wedding at age 20 in the Seka District of Ethiopia, Birkisa Aba Nega became pregnant. Then again, and again. Four of the five children she delivered died, and she was left with a debilitating childbirth injury – an obstetric fistula.

21 May, 2018

In war-torn Yemen, a devastating childbirth injury, then a glimpse of hope

SANA’A, Yemen – Shaima, 20, has experienced more than her share of suffering. Displaced by conflict, she was married off at 14, then endured pregnancy after pregnancy before her body was ready.

10 April, 2018

Rural midwives help save mothers in Lao People’s Democratic Republic

THAPANGTHONG, Lao People’s Democratic Republic – “Just lie still and relax. Breathe slowly,” midwife Khoun Keobouttavong told Out, 30. Out was laying on the floor of her small stilt house in the southern Thapangthong District of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic.

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