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7 October 2020

A Decade of Action: Adolescent girls' power!

A decade of political unrest, wars, civil wars, and now a pandemic created a traumatizing reality for millions in the Arab region,currently home to some of the worst humanitarian crises in history.... Read more

4 October 2020
Ishraq says the number of calls to her mental health care hotline have surged since the pandemic reached Yemen. © UNFPA Yemen

Against the odds, delivering mental health support in Yemen

SANA’A, Yemen – Years of war, poverty and gender-based violence have taken a serious toll on the mental health of many women and girls in Yemen. Now, the COVID-19 pandemic and related economic... Read more

24 September 2020
A woman receiving Family Planning services. ©UNFPA Tunisia

World Contraception Day: Achievements and Challenges

UNFPA defines unmet need for family planning as the percentage of women of reproductive age (15-49 years), who do not want to get pregnant, or want to delay childbearing for the upcoming period, but... Read more

17 September 2020
Press Release

New High-Level Commission will ensure promises made at Nairobi Summit are kept as COVID-19 pandemic threatens to turn back the clock for women’s health and rights

NEW YORK - 17 September 2020 - A new High-Level Commission of advocates, experts and activists was established today to help commitments to women’s health and rights made at the November 2019 Nairobi... Read more

6 September 2020
The distribution of dignity kits in Beirut. © UNFPA Lebanon

 UNFPA Helps Maintain Dignity of Women and Girls Affected by Beirut Port Blast 

A month after the Beirut Port explosion, essential needs of affected women and girls have changed. Initially, the top priority concerns were safe access to healthcare, food and shelter. Now that many... Read more

25 August 2020
Beirut residents receive support from a mobile medical unit run by Amel Association, with support from UNFPA. © UNFPA Lebanon

Mobile medical units deployed as Beirut health system copes after explosion

BEIRUT, Lebanon – Weeks after a horrific explosion devastated the Lebanese capital, Beirut, views of smouldering wreckage are being steadily replaced by scenes of collective action. Community members... Read more

19 August 2020
In Nepal, Mitraminu Dhakal provides care to pregnant women, new mothers and newborns.

On World Humanitarian Day, UNFPA applauds real-life superheroes

UNITED NATIONS, New York – Communities around the world are under siege – by the COVID-19 pandemic, violence, faltering economies, natural disasters and climate change. And “saving lives has never... Read more

19 August 2020

Celebrating the Real-life Heroes Battling COVID-19, Crises and Disasters

Statement by UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem on World Humanitarian Day Saving lives has never been more harrowing. Last year saw attacks against aid workers surpass all previous records,... Read more

18 August 2020
Women make face masks in a safe space in Yemen. © UNFPA Yemen

From child bride to fearless face mask maker: Yemen’s safe spaces help women reclaim their lives

SANA’A, Yemen – Salwa, 35, has survived child marriage, three abusive husbands, crushing poverty and years of grinding conflict. After the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, she also endured starvation... Read more

13 August 2020
The blast, and subsequent shockwaves, devastated large parts of Beirut. © UN Photo/Pasqual Gorriz

Amid wreckage in Beirut, health and psychosocial needs are paramount

BEIRUT, Lebanon/UNITED NATIONS, New York – A masked aid worker helps an injured woman limp from a mobile first-aid clinic. Another aid worker, Hiba Kchour, carries hygiene supplies past the shattered... Read more