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15 August 2018

'If youth do not feel secure in their own country, we're not giving them a safe space'

JUBA, South Sudan – Young people are among the most adversely affected by the conflict in the country, with boys being forced to join fighting armed groups and girls being subjected to sexual and... Read more

13 July 2018

Be advocates for the rights of women and girls, UNFPA asks parliamentarians

UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, challenged parliamentarians to support the empowerment of women and girls, including their full access to family planning information and services, at the... Read more

10 July 2018
Midwife Peter Door explains family planning methods to a mother at a clinic in Rumbek.

A father speaks up for family planning: I can’t afford too many children

In an attempt to not only impact but also empower the lives of women in South Sudan, the breadth of the programs developed by the midwifery project in South Sudan is intentionally widespread. All the... Read more

4 July 2018

One-stop care centre provides survivor-centered comprehensive care for clients

  JUBA, South Sudan – Violence against women is epidemic in South Sudan. Ann*, 16, was kidnapped on her way home from school, then raped repeatedly during five days of captivity. Talia*, was battered... Read more

6 February 2018
Lilian attends to a mother and her newborn at the Juba Teaching Hospital. (Photo: UNFPA South Sudan)

Displaced student looks forward to serving own community

Nyomon Lilian will never forget the day she decided to become a midwife. “Watching my neighbor die during childbirth emboldened me to make the decision to enroll in midwifery,” says the 25-year-old... Read more

1 November 2017
Women from Aweil fix each other's hair as they prepare to go home after their fistula repair surgery.

Battling obstetric fistula: The fight begins at home

AWEIL, SOUTH SUDAN – Veronica Atar Deng was in her early 20s when she had obstetric fistula. She has fully recovered now but the experience was not a walk in the park as she had to go through three... Read more

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