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26 August 2022
About 77,000 women lose their lives in pregnancy and childbirth every year in the region.

Regional initiative to speed up progress on ending preventable maternal and newborn deaths in East and Southern Africa

Women in East and Southern Africa still die during pregnancy and childbirth due to preventable causes, said Dr. Brian Chirombo, WHO Rwanda... Read more

16 August 2022
Village Headman Patete is fighting to end child marriage in his community. © UNFPA/Luis Tato

Girls' education an "uphill task": Village headman challenges Malawi's deeply held traditions

Sitting under a mango tree, Village Headman Patete marvels at a group of girls who are singing as they walk past towards a nearby primary school. In... Read more

12 August 2022
Carolina Sousa, Director of Obstetrics and Family Planning at Centro de Saúde do Bairro in Moçâmedes.

How Angola is training nurses to support safe birth during emergencies

“Working with women, my biggest challenge is to bring knowledge, because those who do not have knowledge will not be able to do anything. Those with... Read more

4 August 2022
Young people undergoing training in Kibera, Kenya.

Call for young innovators and youth-led innovation hubs to help end FGM and early and unintended pregnancies

UNFPA, the United Nations sexual and reproductive health agency, announces the launch of two Innovation Crowdsourcing HackLabs for young African... Read more

3 August 2022
Mahlet*, a 17-year-old rape survivor from Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region, waits at a UNFPA-supported facility for women and g

Conflict fuelling sexual violence in northern Ethiopia

“We tried to flee on the back of a truck, but they caught us. They took me away, raped me and left me in the bush.” Mahlet* was just 17 when she fled... Read more

28 July 2022
Rape survivor, Mariama.

Girl defies stigma of rape and resulting motherhood to pursue her dream of being a lawyer

After school, Mariama* was invited over one day by a man who was well known in the neighbourhood. “I followed him into his house. I did not know that... Read more

18 July 2022
Dignity kit distribution by the Organization for Social Services, Health, and Development, UNFPA and UNDP, at Sabacare 4 camp.

Restoring the dignity of women and girls affected by conflict across northern Ethiopia

“I couldn’t go out of my tent during my period as I didn’t have other clothes to change into. The dignity kit has helped restore my mobility and... Read more

11 July 2022
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When women have access to information and a range of modern contraceptives, they can choose the timing and number of children.

World set to reach 8 billion people on 15 November 2022

The global population is projected to reach 8 billion on 15 November 2022, according to World Population Prospects 2022, released today by the United... Read more

11 July 2022
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A world of 8 billion: Towards a resilient future

Rebecca, 20, became pregnant while still a teenager, subsequently missed out on an education, and is living with HIV. Now working as a peer educator... Read more

8 July 2022
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World Population Day Statement 2022

World Population Day offers a moment to celebrate human progress. Our world, despite its challenges, is one where higher shares of people are... Read more