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12 July 2017

Just $8.39 per person could give women control over their fertility

Written by Yoriko Yasukawa, UNFPA's Asia-Pacific Regional Director, this article was originally published by the World Economic Forum.  Nestled in a remote forest near the border with Vietnam, the... Read more

11 July 2017
Press Release

No woman should die giving birth. Babies must survive and thrive: The urgent need to invest in family planning, maternal and newborn health care

Bangkok, July 11, 2017 – Family planning is not only a fundamental human right that empowers individuals, especially women and girls, and helps save the lives of women and newborns, it is vital to... Read more

9 June 2017

Bangladesh: UNFPA seeks US$ 1.5 million for emergency reproductive health services

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Bangladesh is urgently seeking US$ 1.5 million to boost emergency reproductive health services and safety for women, girls and newborns impacted by... Read more

5 June 2017
UNFPA Executive Director, Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, with a Syrian teenage girl with special needs at the Nizip Camp in Turkey. Photo: UNFPA/Nezih Tavlas

UN mourns passing of population agency chief Babatunde Osotimehin, 'a champion of health for all'

United Nations, New York -- Secretary-General António Guterres and other senior United Nations officials have paid tribute to Babatunde Osotimehin, the Executive Director of the UN Population Fund (... Read more

5 June 2017
Dr Babatunde Osotimehin: 1949 - 2017

UNFPA mourns the passing away of Executive Director Dr Babatunde Osotimehin

UNITED NATIONS — With profound sadness, UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, announces that its Executive Director, Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, passed away suddenly at his home last night. He was... Read more

4 June 2017

In Bangladesh, midwives deliver amid the storm

  Cox’s Bazar - As Severe Cyclonic Storm Mora surged towards Bangladesh on the evening of May 29, Nira Khatun, a UNFPA-deployed midwife, worried for her patients, family and friends. “People were... Read more

25 April 2017

Bangladesh includes midwives in rapid emergency response teams

Dhaka - Cyclone Roanu swept through Bangladesh in May 2016, causing floods and landslides, submerging hundreds of homes and affecting up to 3.7 million people across the country. In the immediate... Read more

22 October 2015

Grim but essential, autopsies are saving lives in Bangladesh

MOHESHALI, Bangladesh – Something went terribly wrong when Asta Banu gave birth. Her labour was difficult and seemed to take forever. When the baby – a boy – was finally born, he was unresponsive.... Read more

15 July 2015

Clinic helps end dangerous traditional practices in rural Bangladesh

HANTI HAZRADANGA, Bangladesh – Traditions run deep in the indigenous communities of northwestern Bangladesh, where many people are reluctant to seek professional medical care during or after... Read more

1 March 2015

Professional midwives set to improve maternal and child health in Bangladesh

DINAJPUR, Bangladesh - The stairwells of the Dinajpur Nursing Institute are bustling with midwives-in-training hurrying to their classes in this northern district of Bangladesh. They are among more... Read more