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20 Oct 2018 description

A strategy meeting on the Horn of Africa and Yemen was held by UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, in Addis Ababa on 13 and 14 October to develop a framework and action plan to guide the Fund’s work and partnerships in the region.

Forced displacement, family separation, and lack of basic protection mechanisms and essential services put women and girls at risk of sexual violence in particular. Together with high fertility rates, this scenario is putting pressure on limited resources and negatively impacting the future of youth.

07 Sep 2018 description

Author: UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Programme on Female Genital Mutilation

As the largest global programme addressing FGM, the UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Programme on Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting: Accelerating Change plays a critical role in achieving Target 5.3 which calls for the elimination of all harmful practices by 2030, under the Sustainable Development Goal 5. The main document analyses, "How to Transform a Social Norm," is a three-part reflection on Phase II (2014-2018).

16 Sep 2017 description

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

As the largest global programme addressing FGM/C, the UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Programme on Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting: Accelerating Change plays a critical role in achieving Target 5.3 which calls for the elimination of all harmful practices by 2030, under the Sustainable Development Goal 5.

27 Jan 2017 description
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An estimated 1 million women live with obstetric fistula, a devastating consequence of prolonged obstructed labor, and thousands of new case develop each year. Life-restoring treatment for women with fistula is available at the health facilities on this map

03 May 2016 description

OBOCK, Djibouti – Four months pregnant and living amidst constant shelling and airstrikes, Jamila decided she had to flee her home in Taizz City, Yemen. “To leave everything behind and flee, not only for your own life, but for the life of a creature who you love without having even met him yet, because you are carrying him inside you, is overwhelming,” says the soft-spoken 30-year old.

31 Mar 2016 description

Key Figures

  • 21.2 million People in need

  • 13.6 million People targeted for lifesaving interventions

  • 1 in 10 People displaced by conflict

  • 3.4 million Women of girls of reproductive age

  • 400,800 Pregnant Women

  • 68,130 Pregnant women will experience complications during delivery in the next 12 months

29 Feb 2016 description

Key Figures

  • 21.2 million People in need

  • 13.6 million People targeted for lifesaving interventions

  • 3.4 million Women of girls of reproductive age

  • 400,800 Pregnant Women

  • 454,240 Live births per year

  • 90,848 Pregnancies that can end in miscarriages and unsafe abortions in the next 12 months

15 Sep 2011 description

WASHINGTON, D.C. — “Advancing the needs and rights of women and girls not only enhances their well-being and productivity, but it improves prospects for generations to come,” said the U.S. Department of State Global Health Initiative executive director, Ms. Lois Quam, at a panel discussion at National Geographic headquarters yesterday.

The event, Unleashing the Power of Women and Girls, which is part of the 7 Billion Actions campaign led by UNFPA, brought together some 500 people to discuss the many challenges facing young women in a world of seven billion.

02 Sep 2011 description

UNITED NATIONS, Nairobi/ New York — Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, is visiting refugee camps in Kenya to underscore the urgent needs of women affected by the famine in the Horn of Africa.

So far, 12.4 million people have been affected by severe drought in the Horn of Africa. In Somalia, the drought resulted in 3.7 million internally displaced people. The world’s largest refugee camp, Dadaab in Kenya, has seen its population soar close to 500,000.

02 Sep 2011 description

DADAAB, Kenya — When Fatuma Ali together with her husband decided to begin a trek from Somalia to Kenya with their four children, they knew the journey would be torturous. But it was one that they had to take.

Pregnant with her fifth child, Fatuma could hardly withstand the situation in Somalia -- a ravaging famine on top of one of the world’s most enduring conflicts. The punishing 17-day journey through the sandy desert into Kenya left her feet sore.

23 Jul 2011 description

UNITED NATIONS, New York,—UNFPA is scaling up its efforts to respond to the humanitarian crisis caused by famine and displacement in the Horn of Africa. “We are deeply concerned by the gravity of the situation in the region,” said UNFPA Executive Director, Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin. “We call upon the international community to urgently look after the unique needs of pregnant women and mothers whose families’ survival are particularly at risk.”

22 Sep 2008 description

New York - UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, and the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) have launched a new initiative to tackle the severe lack of midwives in developing countries.

Every year half a million women die in pregnancy or childbirth and 10-15 million women suffer serious or long-lasting illnesses or injuries. In addition, three million newborns die during the first week of life and another three million are stillborn.

08 May 2008 description

DJIBOUTI, 8 May 2008 - Djibouti First Lady Ms Kadra Mahamoud Haïd launched the UNFPA/UNICEF Joint Programme and Trust Fund to accelerate the abandonment of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C). Djibouti is one of the 17 countries that have been selected in Africa to implement the UNFPA/UNICEF joint program.

For every 10 women and girls, nine have undergone FGM/C in Djibouti.