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7 April 2020
Midwives training at a hospital in Uzbekistan

World Health Day: Protecting midwives to keep women and babies safe amid the COVID-19 pandemic

Statement by UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem: On this World Health Day, we mark the first International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife. Midwives are central to everything we do at UNFPA... Read more

3 April 2020
UNFPA staff loads supplies

Gender-based violence spikes amid pandemic, shelters need support

KOSOVO – As the COVID-19 pandemic rages around the world, women and girls are more vulnerable to abuse than ever. In Kosovo,* the Ministry of Justice has seen a 17 per cent increase in reported cases... Read more

30 March 2020

Virtual story time with celebrity dads in Georgia enlivens coronavirus self-isolation

TBILISI, Georgia — Story time has moved into the virtual realm in Georgia, where dads are stepping up to the new parenting challenges faced by families self-isolating amid the COVID-19 pandemic. “By... Read more

27 March 2020
Covid-19 Map

Women, girls, health workers must not be overlooked in global COVID-19 response

Statement by UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem:  With each passing day, the scale of the COVID-19 crisis and its consequences are becoming ever more apparent and alarming. UNFPA, the United... Read more

20 March 2020
Press Release

New online dashboard enables real-time monitoring of COVID-19 cases in Republic of Moldova

CHISINAU – An online platform providing real-time data on cases of Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the Republic of Moldova was launched today. The dashboard is based on a global platform and was... Read more

19 March 2020

As pandemic rages, women and girls face intensified risks

UNITED NATIONS, New York – As the COVID-19 pandemic rages around the world, governments are taking unprecedented measures to limit the spread of the virus, ramping up health system responses and... Read more

6 March 2020

UNFPA statement on novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and pregnancy

UNFPA, the UN sexual and reproductive health agency, is closely monitoring and working with partners, governments and UN agencies to address the outbreak of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19),... Read more

27 February 2020

Young male migrants and refugees in Serbia learn critical life skills together

BELGRADE, Serbia — “I get tired of trying to explain, of asking why and where this fear [of migrants] comes from,” says Sami Rasouli, age 18. “People see wars in our countries and think we are all... Read more

18 February 2020

Statement on the events taking place in Northwestern Syria

CAIRO – UNFPA is gravely alarmed about the current humanitarian situation unfolding in northwestern Syria, where hostilities have continued to cause mass displacements and damage to civilian... Read more

27 January 2020
Woman and baby

Kazakhstan adolescents demand information to avoid teenage pregnancies

NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan — “When they first noticed I was pregnant, I said to my family that I would have an abortion, just like they wanted me to,” said Nadya*, 20. “Instead, I decided to keep the... Read more