• Health and Population

    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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    Calling the UN to Account to Stop the HIV/AIDS Scourge

    by  • April 23, 2014 • Caribbean, Health and Population, Women's Issues • 1 Comment
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    Stephen Lewis of AIDS-Free World

    It has been 33 years since the first reports of HIV/AIDS surfaced, and the pandemic, which has never been found to be racial, ethnic or gender specific among the population, is now affecting women the most. They account for more than half of the people living with HIV/AIDS — approximately 16.1 million women out...

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    World Bank, WHO and Japan Seek Full Health Coverage in All Nations

    by  • December 23, 2013 • Development, Health and Population, World Bank • 
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    The World Bank is setting measurable targets for universal health care coverage for all people of the world. Here, schoolgirls play soccer in a flooded field in Bangladesh. STEPHAN BACHENHEIMER

    While Americans quarrel over the Affordable Care Act — Obamacare — much of the rest of the world has established or is moving toward universal health care for all citizens, and the World Bank is taking a lead in setting measurable targets for meeting that goal as a priority in human development. “The quest...

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    The US Backs the UN on Women’s Rights and Family Planning

    by  • November 18, 2013 • Health and Population, Women's Issues • 
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    Ethiopian sheep farmers

      Speaking in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, at the third international conference on family planning, Anne C. Richard, the United States Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees and Migration, urged strong support for United Nations efforts to promote  the rights of women and girls, including universal access to family planning, as the organization frames new...

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    For Women Over 50, the Top Killers Remain Heart Disease and Cancer

    by  • October 13, 2013 • Health and Population, Women's Issues • 1 Comment
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    Blood pressure taken in Buenos Aires

    Regardless of a country’s wealth, cardiovascular diseases and cancers are the most common cause of death for women over age 50, says a new report from the World Health Organization. In developing countries, these deaths occur at earlier ages than in the rich world. Moreover, tobacco-related deaths in certain Western countries have doubled for...

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    Where’s the Money? Funds for Millennium Development Goals Lag

    by  • September 25, 2013 • Africa, Asia, Development, General Assembly, Health and Population • 1 Comment
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    Garbage dump in Bamako, Mali

    With 827 days to go until the 2015 deadline for the Millennium Development Goals — the United Nations’ flagship agenda for global development — the buzzword at the General Assembly’s annual opening debate in New York this week was “acceleration.” A clear sense of urgency dominated many talks, particularly as the world body prepares to...

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    The Importance of Recruiting Midwives

    by  • September 22, 2013 • General Assembly, Health and Population, Women's Issues • 
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    Afghan midwives

    About 350,000 women die while pregnant or giving birth every year, up to 2 million newborns die within the first 24 hours of life, and 2.6 million stillbirths occur annually says the United Nations Population Fund. A push to train more midwives worldwide and to increase their role in preventing the persistently high number...

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    For Many Latin American Women, Abuse Never Lets Up

    by  • August 19, 2013 • Health and Population, Human Rights, Latin America, Women's Issues • 1 Comment
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    Bolivian Women in Oruro

    Latin American and Caribbean nations have pulled ahead of most other developing regions on numerous measures of economic growth and human progress in recent years. The region has one of the world’s lowest poverty levels; hunger has been reduced to under 5 percent of the regional population; primary school enrollment rivals that of rich...

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    Gates and the British Government Seize the Lead for Family Planning

    by  • July 22, 2013 • Africa, Health and Population, Humanitarian Aid, Women's Issues • 1 Comment
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    Birthing in Nepal

    With the world population now growing faster than predicted only two years ago by the United Nations Population Division, a campaign to make family planning and the wider provision of contraceptives higher priorities in foreign aid policy after years of neglect has taken off. But it is largely being done outside the UN system,...

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