• Health and Population

    Malnutrition, a Problem the World Over

    by  • December 11, 2014 • Africa, Health and Population, Poverty, Sustainable Development Goals • 
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    Breastfeeding

    A new report on global nutrition levels has found that malnutrition affects every country in the world except two, and that countries are facing more complex, overlapping forms of malnutrition that require more attention. The two exceptional countries, China and South Korea, made the data cutoff rates for levels of anemia, obesity and stunting...

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    With Mali in Political Turmoil, High FGM Rates Persist

    by  • November 20, 2014 • Africa, Gender-Based Violence, Health and Population, Human Rights, Middle East, Women's Issues • 1 Comment
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    BAMAKO, Mali — In the primarily Francophone and Anglophone region of West Africa, Mali is said to have one of the highest rates of female genital mutilation, with about 91 percent of girls and women having undergone the circumcision — a rate that has not only stayed stubbornly high but may also be inching...

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    Why Indian Women Are Forced Into Risky Sterilizations

    by  • November 17, 2014 • Asia, Gender-Based Violence, Health and Population, India, Women's Issues • 
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    A meeting of women in India. RAKESH SAHAI/ADB

    The tragic deaths of more than a dozen women in India recently, after being sterilized in assembly-line style by a doctor and his assistants eager to cash in on as many procedures as possible on a given day — at least 83 in a few hours in this case — are the symptom of...

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    Projecting Future Populations Requires Tracking the Past

    by  • October 27, 2014 • Africa, Asia, Health and Population, Women's Issues • 
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    Cuba Libre in Havana. CHRISTOPHER MICHEL/CREATIVE COMMONS

    In politics it is often said: “While the future is known, it’s the past that keeps changing.” In demography, it’s exactly the opposite: while the past is known, it’s the future that keeps changing. That is simply because population’s fundamental building blocks — births, deaths and migrations — are not fixed but vary over...

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    A Voice From Nigeria Pleads for an Africa Managed by Africans

    by  • October 15, 2014 • Africa, Development, Health and Population • 1 Comment
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    Lagos

    Preparing for next year, when United Nations member governments will meet to grade the Millennium Development Goals and agree on a new set of benchmarks for 2015-2030, an important part of the discussion is focusing on Africa, the continent recognized as having great unrealized potential that is still unmet. Kingsley Chiedu Moghalu, a former...

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    Ebola’s Treacherous Claw Reaches Women the Most

    by  • September 23, 2014 • Africa, Health and Population, Women's Issues • 2 Comments
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    A pregnant woman lays by herself on a stretcher as people watch from a distance, afraid to touch her as she is suspected of having Ebola, in Freetown, Sierra Leone.

    The United Nations has been almost the sole international body to ring any alarm bells about the disproportionate effect of the Ebola disease outbreak on women and children, where it has found that up to 75 percent of reported cases are women and approximately 2.5 million children under 5 years old live in Ebola-affected...

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    As Africa’s Population Growth Explodes, Its Children Lose Out

    by  • September 9, 2014 • Governance, Health and Population, Refugees • 6 Comments
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    Malian Boy

    Among a clutch of new studies surveying the fate of children globally in 2014, a year that may be remembered as the most violent and catastrophic in more than half a century, Unicef has looked into the future of Africa and found that an unexpectedly persistent population boom is not only robbing children of...

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    As Abortion Rights Expand in Some Regions, Others Absorb Setbacks

    by  • September 21, 2014 • Health and Population, Human Rights, Women's Issues • 
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    Pro-abortion rally in Spain.

      Even as more countries have expanded the rights of women to safe, legal abortions in the last 20 years, some countries — particularly certain areas in the United States and in Central America — have rolled back such rights with equal intensity by imposing tighter restrictions. The issue of abortion, embedded in the...

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    For Journalists Covering Climate Change, the Topic Goes Beyond Science

    by  • September 14, 2014 • Climate and Environment, Health and Population • 
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    ournalists who cover the environment can often end up reporting on such tangential subjects as population and women’s rights. A scene from the post-2004 tsunami disaster off Indonesia, above. JULIEN HARNEIS/UNICEF

    NEW ORLEANS — In this urban symbol of disaster unpreparedness, journalists who cover climate change and the environment gathered this month, almost exactly nine years after Hurricane Katrina tore this city apart, to swap stories and advice while brainstorming communally on their beat. In a world that is ever more intertwined, it was clear...

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    The Creation and Trafficking of New Illegal Drugs Widens, a UN Report Finds

    by  • June 5, 2014 • Health and Population, UN Agencies, UN Office on Drugs and Crime • 
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    Synthetic drugs have been tktkt. Here, bath salts, a type of "designer" drug.

    Confirming recent findings by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States and other agencies around the world, the United Nation Office on Drugs and Crime said in its annual report that new synthetic drugs, sometime compounded or combined with other substances, are becoming a dangerous, often lethal, menace globally. The...

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