Health
New York: The queue of women grows steadily outside a government clinic in Kuppiyawatta, in the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo. In just over half an hour the number swells to around 200. Pregnant women, some with children in hand, are waiting their turn to receive food vouchers from the UN World Food Programme (WFP) – part of its emergency food assistance response. more
Study shows Vitamin D deficiency linked to higher risk of miscarriage

London: Women with low vitamin D levels are at significantly increased risk of miscarriage, a new study reveals.

WHO publishes first-ever country estimates on unintended pregnancy, abortion

New York: Data analysis on unintended pregnancy and abortion from 150 countries has revealed major disparities in accessing sexual and reproductive healthcare, the UN health agency, WHO, ...

One stillbirth occurs every 16 seconds, according to first ever joint UN estimates

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COVID-19 could lead to millions of unintended pregnancies, new UN-backed data reveals

New York : Ongoing lockdowns and major disruptions to health services during the COVID-19 pandemic could result in seven million unintended pregnancies in the coming months, according to ...

Mother-to-child transmission of novel coronavirus possible: expert

Hangzhou/Xinhua: There is a potential risk of mother-to-child transmission of the novel coronavirus infection, according to Chen Zhimin, an expert from the respiratory medicine department ...

One-in-four pregnancies unplanned, two-thirds of women foregoing contraceptives

New York: Around two-thirds of sexually active women surveyed in a new UN study indicated that although they wished to avoid or postpone having children, they had stopped relying on contr ...