Reproductive Health : Newsfile

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  • Young African brides face greater HIV risk than single women

    12 March 2004

    Teenage brides in some parts of Africa are contracting HIV at a faster rate than sexually active single girls in the same locales, according to the director of UNICEF and other United Nations officials at an international AIDS conference in Atlanta (February 28).

  • UN focuses on HIV/AIDS on International Women's Day

    9 March 2004

    The United Nations marked International Women's Day by homing in on the link between HIV/AIDS and gender inequality. A UNAIDS report drew attention to the high infection rates among Asian women while the UN Secretary General Kofi Annan warned that women are on track to become the majority of HIV/AIDS sufferers worldwide.

  • Britain comes to aid of UN family planning agency snubbed by Bush

    5 March 2004

    The British government will today make plain its disapproval of the US administration's anti-abortion stance by announcing new money for the UN family planning agency, which had its budget slashed on the day George Bush came to power.

  • New drive to tackle stigma of fistula

    15 December 2003

    Obstetric fistula, the most devastating of all pregnancy-related disabilities, affects hundreds of thousands of girls and women in South Asia. In Bangladesh alone, over 400,000 women are estimated to be living with the condition. Now the UN Population Fund is leading a campaign to end this hidden catastrophe.

  • UN 'promotes reproductive health in China'

    20 November 2003

    A report, based on first-hand observations by US religious leaders, says that a UN agency is playing a critical role in promoting voluntary, high quality reproductive health care in China. The report is significant in view of US policy to withold funding for the agency's work in China.

  • Asia 'needs billions of condoms'

    19 November 2003

    Asia is facing a huge shortage of condoms, heightening fears over the spread of the HIV/Aids epidemic, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

  • Mothers fare best in Sweden and worst in Niger, index reveals

    13 November 2003

    Sweden, Denmark and Norway are the world's best countries to be a mother while women and their children fare worst in poor African countries such as Niger and Ethiopia, according to the fourth annual Mothers' Index released by Save the Children USA.

  • Maternal deaths nearly triple in Iraq, UN survey shows

    6 November 2003

    The number of women who die of pregnancy and childbirth in Iraq has nearly tripled since 1990, according to a reproductive health survey conducted by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

  • UN reveals deadly price of African motherhood

    20 October 2003

    New findings on maternal mortality reveal that a woman living in sub-Saharan Africa has a 1 in 16 chance of dying in pregnancy or childbirth, compared with a 1 in 2,800 risk for a woman from a developed region, according to a report by three UN agencies.

  • Sexual ignorance a global disaster, says UN

    8 October 2003

    Neglect and under-funding of programmes enabling young people to avoid unwanted pregnancy, unsafe childbirth and sexually transmitted infections are undermining development and spreading HIV/AIDS says the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), in its annual report for 2003.