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GHANA: Central Region Drivers Curb Maternal Deaths

The Ghana Health Service has given awards to 34 drivers from transport unions in all the 17 districts who transported women in labour to health facilities during the year.

MALAWI: Changing Women’s Lives after Fistula Repairs

The Malawi News reported on 22 January 2011 that UNFPA has worked for four years to address fistula in the country. It sponsors surgeons to perform fistula repairs while training doctors and other health providers to care for women with the condition.

Rwanda Steps up to the Challenge of Universal Reproductive Health Care

RWAMAGANA, Rwanda — The health centre just on the outskirts of town seems to be a community hub: Near the main clinic men, women and children sit around the perimeter of a courtyard waiting to be seen by a health worker. In another room, women waiting for family planning counselling are watching a television show that dramatizes the seriousness of AIDS. Outside, children play, and men on bicycles and motorbikes come and go.

Ending Harmful Practices through Community-led Social Change in Senegal

Many organizations are working to eliminate female genital mutilation/cutting in Africa. But the organization that has been most successful in this, Senegal's Tostan, was not originally focused on this particular harmful practice.

Recruiting Ethnic Minority Midwives to Meet Mothers' Needs in Remote Areas of Viet Nam

HA GIANG TOWN, Viet Nam — Long distances, poor roads, poverty and traditional customs for dealing with pregnancy and delivery are factors that lead to many home deliveries in this mountainous region. As a way to protect the health of pregnant women and newborns, UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, has initiated a pilot project for recruiting and training local women to become midwives.

Working with Police in South Sudan to Assist Survivors of Gender-Based Violence

The mood in Juba and across many parts of Sudan is one of jubilation, according to several observers at the scene. Among the happiest people are South Sudanese women, who are hoping that the referendum on independence, which began on 9 January and whose results are due in mid-February, will lead to an improvement in their lives.