UN partners with African nations to increase women and girls’ access to reproductive health services
The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) announced it will support programmes in eight African countries over the next three years to boost access to reproductive health services for millions of adolescent girls. The announcement came 2 August at the International Conference on Maternal, Newborn and Child Health in Johannesburg, South Africa.

UNFPA will partner with the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Ethiopia, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, and Tanzania over the next three years to deliver a comprehensive set of sexual and reproductive health services for young people to reach disadvantaged and marginalized girls and young women – the ones at highest risk of poor sexual and reproductive health, violence and exploitation. According to UNFPA, pregnancy and childbirth-related complications are a leading cause of death of girls, aged 15 to 19, in developing countries. An estimated 7.3 million girls under age 18 give birth each year, a great percentage of which occurs in Africa.

More information: http://www.unfpa.org/public/home/news/pid/14754

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