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11 Sep 2018 description

MANGINA, Democratic Republic of the Congo – On 1 August, just one week after the World Health Organization declared an end to the ninth Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the tenth struck. 

“We had two sick people in the centre – a man and a youth – who died of unknown causes,” recalled Sister Yvette Kanyere, manager of the Mangina Reference Health Centre. “They were bleeding everywhere and we did not know what had happened [to them].”

10 Sep 2018 description

Child marriage can have devastating consequences for girls and their future children. Typically, it cuts short or ends a girl’s education, compromises her reproductive rights, sexual health, future employment and earnings, and perpetuates personal and community poverty. Globally, more than one in four girls are married as children – before the age of 18. In East and Southern Africa, the share is 36 per cent, and 10 per cent of girls in the region are married by age 15.

10 Sep 2018 description

MANGINA, North Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo—As if the consequences of an ongoing armed conflict were not already challenging, Mangina Reference Health Centre has found itself at the heart of the current outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

“We had two sick people in the centre – a man and a youth – who died of unknown causes. They were bleeding everywhere and we did not know what had happened [to them],” said Sister Yvette Kanyere.

24 Aug 2018 description

LÓVUA REFUGEE SETTLEMENT, Lunda Norte Province, Angola—With a grin on her face, Marie Anny, 13, approaches. On any other day she would be taking advantage of the free time during school at Lóvua refugee settlement to play with her friends. But today, she can barely contain her excitement.

She is to receive a dignity kit, distributed at her school by UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, in partnership with UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund.

19 Jul 2018 description

The H6 Partnership builds on the progress made towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and contributes to the collaboration required to support countries as they move forward to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It focuses on 75 high burden countries where more than 85 per cent of all maternal and child deaths occur, including the 49 lowest income countries.

18 May 2018 description

En bref

La République Démocratique du Congo (RDC) fait actuellement face à une crise humanitaire d’un niveau sans précédent. Cette crise, caractérisée par une aggravation du conflit et une forte insécurité alimentaire, a forcé des millions de Congolais à fuir en espérant trouver une protection et de quoi se nourrir. La majorité des déplacés sont des femmes et des enfants, dont une très grande majorité est exposée à plusieurs formes de Violence Basé sur le Genre (VBG).

04 May 2018 description

HARARE, Zimbabwe—“[Sanitary] pads are not available at tuckshops in the [refugee] camp and on the few occasions that they are available, we do not have the money to buy them. Sometimes we miss school and do not leave our homes because we cannot freely walk around without the appropriate sanitary towels.”

These are the words of a 16-year-old refugee from Burundi. She was responding to the distribution by UNFPA of more than 300 dignity kits to girls of school-going age (12 to 17 years) at Tongogara Refugee Camp in Chipinge, where close to 10,000 refugees now reside.

28 Mar 2018 description

LOVUA, Angola – “There was a lot of violence. Armed men abused and killed young girls, even while they were fleeing,” said Felikanko, 44. She was one of more than a million people who escaped the outbreak of conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Kasai region.

“Some people were attacked and raped, killed or taken hostage,” Felikanko said.

21 Mar 2018 description

They were lively and lovely, and they moved me close to tears. The Angolan teenaged girls I met told me about their dreams and the barriers they face to achieving what is simply normal elsewhere – finishing primary school, graduating from high school, protecting themselves from unplanned pregnancy and HIV, being safe from male aggression, living and loving in peace and harmony, and having a better future than their parents.

06 Mar 2018 description

Over the last ten years, it has become evident that the demographic dividend framework offers a strategic basis for focusing and prioritizing investments in people in general and youth in particular, in order to achieve sustainable development. The demographic dividend framework is in line with Africa’s Agenda 2063 and its’ ‘First Ten-Year Implementation Plan’ which together lay a strong foundation for the vision of African leaders in all facets of the continent’s development.

21 Feb 2018 description

LUNDA NORTE, Angola – Towards the end of Yvonne Mboi’s pregnancy, she recalled, “I realized I was too big. I was afraid.” These concerns loomed large after her harrowing flight from conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

But when she finally gave birth, Ms. Mboi was surprised, and relieved, to discover her size made perfect sense: she delivered two healthy twin girls.

The 20-year-old had been in the early stages of pregnancy last May when she, her husband and their young daughter escaped the chaos in their country’s Kasai region.

02 Feb 2018 description

Situation overview

Thousands of families fled from the conflict in in Kasai in DR Congo to Lunda Norte province northeast in Angola at the beginning of 2017, and 35,085 people have been registered as refugees. More than one out of four families are female headed households and 75% of the refugees are women and children.

31 Jan 2018 description

Foreword by the Executive Director

Every woman has the right to decide whether or when she will become pregnant, and the right to give birth safely and live free from violence.

Yet every day, millions of women and girls whose lives have been upended by wars, conflicts or natural disasters are denied these rights. When we speak of leaving no one behind and reaching the furthest behind first, there can be no more compelling example of exactly whom we are speaking about.

15 Jan 2018 description

LOVUA, Angola – In a simple white tent in the Lóvua refugee settlement in Angola, women and girls who fled the brutal conflict in Kasai, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, can find safe haven and support.

The tent is one of two women-friendly spaces UNFPA has established in the settlement. These spaces offer women and girls a safe place to talk, receive information and participate in recreational activities.

“When I take part in the activities here, I forget my worries and all my memories from Congo for a while,” said 17-year-old Musito.