UNFPA United Nations Population Fund [to 24 May 2014]

UNFPA United Nations Population Fund [to 24 May 2014]

23 May 2014 – Dispatch
In Nepal, fight against obstetric fistula marches on
DHARAN, Nepal – Dhani Devi Mukhiya remembers the days when her relatives shunned her in public and her husband threatened to bring home another wife. For some of the villagers in her community in Nepal, the obstetric fistula that she lived with for seven years was ‘punishment for a sin’ she had committed in her ‘previous life’. more

22 May 2014 – Dispatch
A new lease on life for women living with obstetric fistula in Afghanistan
KABUL, Afghanistan – “I was 15 years old when I got married, and my husband was 22. My sister-in-law saw me at one of my relative’s wedding and made all the arrangements for her brother to have me,” Sharifa recalls. Forty years later, she describes this as the start of a life derailed by obstetric fistula. more

22 May 2014 – Statement
Statement on the International Day to End Obstetric Fistula
UNITED NATIONS, New York – The theme of this year’s International Day to End Obstetric Fistula, “Tracking Fistula – Transforming Lives,” reflects an important step forward in eradicating this preventable condition, which affects an estimated two million women and girls in developing countries. more

21 May 2014 – Dispatch
Holding out a hand: Youth-to-youth initiative making a difference in Mongolia
ZAVKHAN PROVINCE, Mongolia – “Y-Peer saved my life. For that, I am so thankful,” says Oyuka, recalling a time when she contemplated suicide. That was before Enkhbat, an educator with the youth peer education programme Y-Peer, reached out to her and saved her life. more

19 May 2014 – Dispatch
In South Sudan, 200,000 pregnant women may need urgent care
UNITED NATIONS, New York – Amid escalating conflict, some 30,000 women in South Sudan are at risk of dying in childbirth, according to estimates by UNFPA, and 200,000 pregnant women will be in need of urgent care before the end of the year. more

19 May 2014 – Statement
Providing Support for the Chibok Girls and their Families
UNITED NATIONS, New York – UNFPA will be leading a coalition of partners to provide health and psychosocial services to the young girls who were kidnapped from their school in Chibok, Nigeria, as soon as they are returned to their families. more