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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

12 August 2020
Press Release

UNFPA calls for urgent funding to respond to the emerging needs in Lebanon

Cairo - 12 August 2020 - UNFPA is urgently appealing for USD 19.6 million to meet the lifesaving needs of women and girls impacted by the 4 August explosion at the Beirut Port, which killed at least... Read more

10 August 2020
Press Release

UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, scales up its support to Lebanon

Cairo - 9 August 2020 - In response to the horrific explosion that devastated parts of the Lebanese capital, Beirut, on 4 August 2020, the United Nations Population Fund, Arab States Regional... Read more

9 August 2020

Youth leading the way in COVID-19 solutions

Statement by UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem International Youth Day 12 August 2020 As we mark International Youth Day in the midst of a global pandemic, we witness how young people are... Read more

5 August 2020
The initaitive distributed protective equipment and sanitation supplies to health workers, among other support. © UNFPA Morocco

Operation SALAMA reaches millions of Moroccans with pandemic information, supplies, support

RABAT, Morocco – When the COVID-19 pandemic arrived in Morocco in March, alarm spread through the country. “At the start of the pandemic, we were very worried about our health,” Halima*, a migrant... Read more

30 July 2020
Press Release

Joint UN Awareness Raising Week Marks World Day Against Trafficking in Persons

Middle East and North Africa (MENA) – 23 July 2020 There are horrible ways in which human dignity can be violated. When someone is forced to work without being paid, tricked to selling their organs... Read more