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30 June 2020

The State of World Population 2020: Against my will: defying the practices that harm women and girls and undermine equality

  Statement by UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem    Imagine a girl. She’s 12 years old. She loves school. Her teacher says she has a gift for math. Then one morning, when she wakes up, her... Read more

15 June 2020

Bending the Arc of History Towards Justice

This is a moment of suffering for many people, especially people of African descent. We at UNFPA stand in solidarity in the global fight against... Read more

12 May 2020

UNFPA supported provision of PPE to vulnerable youth as COVID-19 response

UNFPA supported the provision of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to more than 500 adolescents and youth as part of its response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The support was coordinated with the... Read more

5 May 2020

Celebrating midwives, unsung heroes on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis

Statement by UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem on the International Day of the Midwife, 5 May 2020   As the world battles COVID-19, women continue to get pregnant and babies are still being... Read more

28 April 2020
Press Release

New UNFPA projections predict calamitous impact on women’s health as COVID-19 pandemic continues

More than 47 million women could lose access to contraception, leading to 7 million unintended pregnancies in the coming months. New York, USA, 27 April 2020 - As the COVID-19 pandemic rages on, the... Read more

27 April 2020

Midwives continue to perform lifesaving functions amid COVID-19

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia: Genet Azmach is a senior midwife and head of the Delivery Case Team at the Kotebe Health Center where she has been serving for the past 8 years. She has been providing... Read more

15 April 2020

Grappling with the COVID-19 challenge while ensuring safe delivery

The latest report by the Federal Ministry of Health indicates that Ethiopia’s confirmed cases of COVID-19 are now more than 80. Midwives are among the frontline health workforce grappling with the... Read more

8 April 2020
Press Release

A digital response to help ensure safer childbirths during COVID-19

A new initiative launched today by Maternity Foundation, University of Copenhagen and Laerdal Global Health in collaboration with International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) and UNFPA, the UN... Read more

7 April 2020

Protecting midwives to keep women and babies safe amid the COVID-19 pandemic

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

27 March 2020

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