• Health and Population

    The World’s Oldest Nations by Population and the Implications

    by  • April 22, 2015 • Asia, Health and Population, Women's Issues • 1 Comment
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    Misao Okama celebrated her 117th birthday on March 5 surrounded by her family, which included great-grandchildren, and congratulatory government officials. This milestone made Okama the world’s oldest woman. She died on April 1. Based on the most recent population forecast and data from the United Nations, it comes as little surprise that the world’s oldest...

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    The 10 Youngest Nations by Population? They’re Mainly in Africa

    by  • February 10, 2015 • Africa, Health and Population, Poverty, Women's Issues • 
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    Men toss squash onto the banks of the Niger River in Niamey, Niger, September 18, 2013. REUTERS/Joe Penney (NIGER - Tags: SOCIETY)

    While the graying population around the world is rising in countries like Japan and South Korea, along with much of the United States and Europe, other parts of the world — primarily Africa — are experiencing the opposite situation, with young people claiming the majority. The contrast between oldest and youngest populations can be...

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    Maternal Death Rates Fall in Zimbabwe, With Outside Support

    by  • February 9, 2015 • Africa, Health and Population, Sustainable Development Goals • 1 Comment
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    Midwives in Zimabwe

    HARARE, Zimbabwe – As maternal mortality remains the most lagging Millennium Development Goal and a new set of development goals is being written this year, one focus will undoubtedly stay fixed on decreasing maternal death rates in the developing world. Nations there account for 99 percent of global maternal deaths, with countries in sub-Saharan...

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    As Drugs to Fight Ebola Get Tested, Questions Linger About Medical Incentives

    by  • January 15, 2015 • Africa, Health and Population • 
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    Ebola testing lab

    As anti-Ebola vaccines and treatments finally undergo fast-track testing, public health advocates say that governments’ repeated failure to create global norms for coordinating and financing medical advances is a major reason behind the struggle to produce medicine fast enough to end the scourge quickly. Medical officials fighting Ebola in West Africa say the development...

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    In Poland, Women’s Sexual-Health Rights Kept Tightly Controlled

    by  • January 6, 2015 • Gender-Based Violence, Health and Population, Human Rights, Women's Issues • 
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    WARSAW — In Geneva in late October, the Polish government finally reported on its adherence to the United Nations committee that monitors discrimination against women. The committee had been waiting 10 years for the report, which was due no later than 2010. The long-awaited document and discussions that followed in the committee keeping track...

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    In 2014, a Year of Catastrophes, Women Still Made Some Gains

    by  • December 26, 2014 • Health and Population, Sustainable Development Goals, Women's Issues • 1 Comment
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    Michelle Bachelet

    Amid the horrors that women and girls have suffered around the world in 2014 — including being forced to flee their homes by the hundreds of thousands in Syria, the sexual enslavement of Christians and Yazidis in Iraq and the kidnapping and forced conversion to radical Islam of girls from schools in northern Nigeria...

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    Malnutrition, a Problem the World Over

    by  • December 11, 2014 • Africa, Health and Population, Poverty, Sustainable Development Goals • 1 Comment
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    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 • 2 Comments
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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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