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Nepal – Women take charge of family planning

In rural Nepal, women have little say in family planning, and often give birth to upwards of 8 children. With the help of the United Nations agency for reproductive health and rights (UNFPA), one woman is taking charg...


Nigeria: The Edge of Joy

The West African nation of Nigeria has the second highest number of maternal deaths in the world. More than thirty-six thousand women die here each year trying to have babies. But the country is beginning to fight bac...


Nigeria: Blood Banks Save Lives

According to the United Nations Population Fund report one of the leading causes of maternal mortality is hemorrhaging. Lack of blood reservoirs, due to the HIV epidemic, has hindered health care professionals in Nige...


Uzbekistan Midwifery

Uzbekistan has reasonable maternal access in the major towns and cities but in rural areas access for pregnant mothers is still lacking. Mothers usually deliver at home with no access to skilled birth attendants. The ...


Ecuador provides birth choices to save lives

Ten years ago, Ecuador, in South America, passed a law giving women free maternal health care. However, cultural barriers and traditional practices among indigenous peoples have kept many women from accepting it. A ne...


Afghanistan: Using religious values to advance women’s rights

United Nations, New York, June 2009 - Afghanistan has some of the worst rates of maternal mortality in the world. Women still have problems accessing adequate healthcare. A new initiative enlists religious leaders to ...