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13 May 2020

United Nations hands over menstrual health and hygiene management products and Covid-19 masks

The United Nations in South Africa and partners today donated thousands of menstrual health and hygiene management products and masks to the government as part of the UN response to prevent the... Read more

11 May 2020

Midwives are the backbone of maternal health systems

This year May 5 marked International Day of the Midwife celebrated under the theme “Midwives- Celebrate, Demonstrate, Mobilise, Unite.” To mark the day, the Mail and Guardian, the United Nations... Read more

8 May 2020
Press Release

Minister Maite Nkoana- Mashabane calls for continual access to menstrual and hygiene products during the lock down period and beyond, through partnership initiatives.

                                                                                                                                 MEDIA ADVISORY   Issued jointly by the Department of Women, Youth... Read more

6 May 2020
Press Release

Joint press statement: Protecting Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights and Promoting Gender-responsiveness in the COVID-19 crisis

Joint press statement by H.E. Ms. Lindiwe Zulu, Minister of Social Development of South Africa H.E. Mr. Peter Eriksson, Minister for International Development Cooperation of Sweden H.E Mr. Gent Cakaj... Read more

28 April 2020
Press Release

New UNFPA projections predict calamitous impact on women’s health as COVID-19 pandemic continues

More than 47 million women could lose access to contraception, leading to 7 million unintended pregnancies in the coming months. New York, USA, 27 April 2020 - As the COVID-19 pandemic rages on, the... Read more

24 April 2020

A young man's story: Running out of condoms under a COVID-19 lockdown in South Africa

Sipho Shezi*, 24, who co-habits with his girlfriend, faces a tough decision as the COVID-19 lockdown gets extended and he realises he is running out of condoms JOHANNESBURG, South Africa—“We sat... Read more

1 April 2020
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres

Coronavirus global health emergency

31 MARCH 2020—The new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is attacking societies at their core, claiming lives and people’s livelihoods. The potential longer-term effects on the global economy and those... Read more

1 April 2020

Pregnant women, new mothers and newborns urgently need your help

With health-care systems at risk of collapsing, we are urgently supplying life-saving medical equipment to help our front-line health workers save mothers and babies.  We are: ● Sending critical... Read more

26 March 2020

Women, girls, health workers must not be overlooked in global COVID-19 response

UNFPA, the United Nations sexual and reproductive health agency, stands in solidarity with all those responding to the novel coronavirus: from the medical staff and volunteers bravely tending to the... Read more

10 February 2020

How comprehensive sexuality education is empowering young South Africans to safeguard their future

ESTCOURT, South Africa— “If a boy tells me about giving me a future or money, I simply tell him that I am a person with dreams, so I want to achieve them and make my parents proud,” says Amanda... Read more