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4 October 2017
Press Release

Dr. Natalia Kanem Appointed UNFPA Executive Director

UNITED NATIONS, New York, 3 October 2017 — Dr. Natalia Kanem was appointed Executive Director of UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, today by Secretary-General António Guterres. She holds the... Read more

4 September 2017
Press Release

Health Ministry lauds Japan and UNFPA for life-saving services

Wau, South Sudan - The Ministry of Health acknowledged the cooperation of the Japanese government and UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, in the efforts to continue providing reproductive... Read more

8 August 2017

A mother at 18, girl steers course of own life to pursue dream

Rumbek, South Sudan -- Elizabeth Ayumpou Balang is a teacher at a nursery and primary school in Rumbek, a town in central South Sudan. It was her dream job but something that she had to work extra... Read more

27 April 2017
UNFPA calls for stepped up efforts to safeguard the health and protection of women and girls affected by the famine. ©UNFPA South Sudan

Giving birth in the shadow of starvation: South Sudan famine especially tough for women

JUBA, South Sudan – The famine in South Sudan, borne out of years of war, political instability and drought, now affects more than 100,000 people. UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, is... Read more

9 November 2016

In South Sudan, a deadly mix for mothers

TORIT, South Sudan – Insecurity, poverty and poor health care continue to be a deadly mix in South Sudan. Tragedy struck the hospital in the eastern town of Torit after poor conditions and fear of... Read more

20 October 2016

Ten-year-old girls are the face of our future

Ten-year-old Temawelase is a sixth-grader in a rural community in the Hhohho region of Swaziland. Almost 4000 kilometres away, her age-mate Daline has just finished primary school in Yaoundé, the... Read more

17 June 2016

Male midwife champions safe motherhood for South Sudan refugees

ADJUMANI, Uganda – Twenty-five-year-old Chris Kwikiriza has beat the odds. A midwife in the Boroli refugee settlement, in Uganda’s Adjumani District, he is helping pregnant women overcome their fears... Read more

17 March 2016

Recognizing an unsung hero – the ambulance driver

ADJUMANI, Uganda – Laura Jurua, a 26-year-old South Sudanese refugee, went into labour in the middle of the night in her temporary shelter in the Boroli refugee settlement, in Uganda’s Adjumani... Read more

16 March 2016
Press Release
Girls play ball in the Ayilo Refugee Settlement

Young South Sudanese actors and athletes take on violence, HIV

Adjumani, Uganda – Weeks after violence erupted in in South Sudan, Mike Marchar fled for his life. He found safe haven in the Ayilo Refugee Settlement in northern Uganda, but lost track of his family... Read more

16 March 2016
South Sudanese refugees display products they have been learning to produce at the Kakuma Support Centre in Turkana

Kenyan support centre offers care, hope to refugees from South Sudan

KAKUMA, Kenya – Every once in a while, Joyce Dabor is jolted from sleep by memories of the day she was separated from her children. It was the day they finally escaped the bloody conflict in South... Read more