Celebrating International Day to End Obstetric Fistula

May 23 marks the first-ever International Day to End Obstetric Fistula. And this year is also the 10th anniversary of the Campaign to End Fistula, a collaborative initiative launched by UNFPA and partners to prevent fistula and restore the health and dignity of the millions of women and girls affected by this devastating but preventable condition. In December 2012, 167 countries from around the world co-sponsored a biannual resolution at the United Nations General Assembly that called on all … [Read more...]

Maternal Health Thematic Fund is Taking Action!

Maternal Health: Reviewing Progress and Looking Ahead UNITED NATIONS, New York — Donors, representing both governments and the private sector, today joined UNFPA Executive Director Babatunde Osotimehin and staff to review major achievements made possible by the Maternal Health Thematic Fund in 2010. The thematic fund supports high-impact and low-cost investments in countries with the greatest burden of maternal death and injury. UNFPA launched the Maternal Health Thematic Fund in 2008 to … [Read more...]

Tanzania – Using Mobile Phones to Tackle Fistula

Using Mobile Phones to Tackle Fistula in Tanzania DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania — Across Africa, cell phones are rapidly pushing the boundaries of what’s possible. From an isolated rural village, a business owner can make a bank deposit through her phone; a farmer can access current crop prices; and an expectant mother can learn about antenatal care. And now, in Tanzania, cell phones offer a chance of treatment for women living with obstetric fistula – a painful and often ostracizing condition … [Read more...]

'City of Joy' assists and empowers survivors of sexual violence in DR Congo

   UNICEF: 'City of Joy' assists and empowers survivors of sexual violence in DR Congo   By Cornelia Walther   BUKAVU, Democratic Republic of the Congo, 9 February 2011 – Under a blue sky, the air is filled with women’s laughter and songs. It is the perfect setting for the opening of ‘City of Joy,’ a joint project of UNICEF and the non-governmental organization V-Day, providing a safe haven for survivors of sexual violence.        City of Joy will serve 180 women between the ages of 14 and … [Read more...]

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