UNFPA's Maternal Health Thematic Fund is a focused effort to accelerate progress towards saving women's lives and achieving universal access to reproductive health.
The 2012 report presents the tangible results achieved in countries supported by this thematic trust fund, outlining activities, results and achievements, and looking ahead at future challenges.
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Child marriage not only violates the human rights of girls, but also gravely threatens their lives, education opportunities, health and future prospects. When girls are married, they are expected to begin childbearing while still children themselves, increasing their risks for pregnancy-related complications—a major cause of death and disability for adolescent girls in the developing world. We travel to Mozambique, a country with one of the highest rates of child marriage and maternal death in the world, along with wide prevalence of a devastating childbirth injury called obstetric fistula. But efforts are underway to change mindsets and to ensure all young girls enjoy their human rights. This film is included in the UN in Action series.