The relocation of villages as rising sea levels spoil crops among other things, has begun for several countries across the region including Fiji. In Tuvalu, the devastation caused by Cyclone Pam in March is still being talked about and for the Federated States of Micronesia, March marked the evacuation of about 1000 people on Majuro and 250 in the Arno Atoll: forced to flee massive king tides.
A nursing graduate of 1968, Margaret Saul did not attain midwifery prerequisites until 1987: with good reason having to juggle a nursing career and family-- which involved raising eight children, four biological and four adopted - after her 1970 marriage.
Ms Saul has done her bit for national health but we meet as part of a Vanuatu Ministry of Health and United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) integrated Cyclone Pam community outreach team, the first to visit Fresh Wind Ohlem, just outside the capital, Port Vila
A new regional task team is to be established to drive the response to HIV prevention in East and Southern Africa, the region at the epicentre of the global epidemic. This task team will determine the concrete actions required to move the HIV prevention agenda forward in the region, to make a major contribution to the global effort to end HIV by 2030.
The decision to establish the regional task team was taken at a Regional Think Tank Meeting on HIV Prevention on Revitalizing HIV Prevention in the East and Southern African (ESA) region, held in Johannesburg on 4 August.
Pregnant with her sixth child, Nibitanga Suzana, 27, was forced to make the hazardous three-day journey from Bujumbura to the refugee camp on the Tanzania border when the Burundian conflict erupted in April. By the time she arrived, she had nothing left.
“I left other family members, my husband and my property. I was only able to bring one of my daughters,” she said.
Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin Secretario General Adjunto de las Naciones Unidas y Director Ejecutivo del UNFPA
11 de julio de 2015
En un informe reciente de las Naciones Unidas se advierte que la cantidad de personas forzosamente desplazadas se ha elevado a un número sin precedentes, casi 60 millones a fines de 2014. Entre esas personas la mayoría de las mujeres y niñas adolescentes hacen frente a particulares amenazas como resultado de la carencia de servicios de salud y otros servicios esenciales.
Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin Secrétaire général adjoint de l’Organisation des Nations Unies et Directeur exécutif de l’UNFPA
11 juillet 2015
Un récent rapport de l’ONU signale que le nombre de personnes déplacées par la force est le plus élevé jamais enregistré – près de 60 millions à la fin de 2014. Parmi celles-ci, la plupart des femmes et des adolescentes affrontent des dangers particuliers du fait de l’absence de services de santé et autres services essentiels qui leur sont nécessaires.
Statement by Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director, UNFPA. World Population Day is observed on 11 July.
A recent United Nations report warns that the number of forcibly displaced people has risen to a record number – almost 60 million at the end of 2014. Among these, most women and adolescent girls face particular threats as a result of the absence of health and other essential services that they need.
UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, called on humanitarian agencies to redouble efforts in addressing the special needs of vulnerable populations in preparedness and response measures to disasters as nations observe World Population Day on July 11.
Globally, over 50 million people are displaced by disasters and armed conflicts and over 75 per cent of them are women, girls and young people who are among the most affected population in emergencies due to their vulnerabilities.
According to the World Risk Index 2014, the Pacific has four (Vanuatu, Tonga, Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea) of the top ten countries at greatest risk. Vanuatu is at the top of the list. In previous years, Fiji was also included among the top ten.
Recent news stories and reports testify to a horrifying reality for women and girls caught in crisis situations. From rape to child marriage to sexual slavery, women and girls in conflict face severe threats and violations of their human rights that most of us cannot begin to imagine.
Provision of ECPs during crisis situations
Violence against women (VAW) is widely condemned as a fundamental violation of human rights and is recognized as a significant public health problem, causing enormous social harm and costs to national economies (WHO, 2013: 2). It is also widely acknowledged that such violence has an effect on children (Fulu, E et.al., 2013: 5). This report is a literature review that aims to develop a deeper understanding of what is known about the connection between violence against women and violence against children (VAC) in the South Pacific Island countries.
By Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund
The rising frequency and impact of natural disasters is a clear sign of our changing world. It is also a warning for us to better prepare to reduce the risks that people might face. We need better management of land and the environment and to improve our preparedness and early warning systems.
Amman, 11 March, 2015 - UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, with the financial support of the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development launched today the “Women and Girls Safe Spaces: A guidance note based on lessons learned from the Syria crisis.”. The document provides guidance on how to establish women and girls safe spaces in humanitarian and post-crisis contexts and presents key guiding principles to manage the spaces.
Paris/New York - Empowering adolescent girls and young women through education is the aim – and the name – of a programme launched in New York today by UNESCO, UN Women, the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and the World Bank.
The 3rd Conference of African Ministers responsible for Civil Registration organized by the African Union (AU) and the Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), with the support of partners including UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, was held at Yamoussoukro (Côte d’Ivoire) from 9 to 13 February 2015. UNFPA reaffirmed its support to States in strengthening their civil registration and vital statistics system.
The MISP Readiness assessment tool was developed by the Inter-Agency Working Group (IAWG) on Reproductive Health (RH) in Crises for Eastern Europe and Central Asia in 2013 to help country teams assess their readiness to provide the Minimum Initial Service Package for Reproductive Health in case of a humanitarian crisis.
UNFPA, UNICEF, Confédération internationale des sages-femmes et Fédération internationale de gynécologie et d’obstétrique
Joint statement on the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) by UNFPA, UNICEF, the International Confederation of Midwives and the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Female genital mutilation (FGM) violates the human rights and undermines the health and well-being of some 3 million girls each year. More than 130 million girls and women in the 29 countries in Africa and the Middle East where the practice is concentrated today have undergone some form of FGM – and the impact on their lives is enormous.
Spending $25 per Woman Each Year Would Dramatically Reduce Maternal and Newborn Deaths