• Health and Population

    A Voice From Nigeria Pleas for an Africa Managed by Africans

    by  • October 15, 2014 • Africa, Development, Health and Population • 
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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 • 7 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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    Calling the UN to Account to Stop the HIV/AIDS Scourge

    by  • April 23, 2014 • Caribbean, Health and Population, Women's Issues • 
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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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