• Health and Population

    A Novel Idea: Putting Refugee Health Care Experts to Work

    by  • November 6, 2017 • Africa, Health and Population, Refugees • 

    With a record 65.6 million people displaced from their homes around the world — 22.5 million of them classified as refugees who have fled across borders — alarms are sounding about the health risks in overcrowded refugee settlements. Sanitation is soon overwhelmed, hygienic conditions rapidly deteriorate and malnutrition rises, contributing to the spread of...

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    TB in India: Drug-Resistant Strains Are ‘Out of Control,’ New Report Says

    by  • October 27, 2017 • Asia, Health and Population, India • 

    Stephen Lewis is an outspoken and often impassioned Canadian diplomat and former United Nations official with a lot of experience in tracking health crises in Africa. Now he has turned his attention to tuberculosis in India, where he made a fact-finding trip in early October. He was shocked and disheartened by what he saw...

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    A Guide to Trump’s Global Edicts on Women’s Reproductive Health

    by  • October 16, 2017 • Development, Health and Population, Take a Look • 

    The Trump administration, which announced early this year that it would curtail American-funded women’s health services around the world that may be involved in any way in abortion, has turned its attention to curbing family planning in the United States. Rules have been issued with immediate effect that American women can no longer obtain...

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    When Deaths Exceed Births, Countries Can Turn to Immigration

    by  • October 2, 2017 • Africa, Asia, Geopolitics, Health and Population, Migration, Refugees • 

    The demography is clear: when deaths outnumber births — excluding for zero immigration — populations decline. That simple yet powerful demographic relationship is irrefutable, regardless of geography, era, economics, political ideology or religious belief. Yet many politicians around the world, who typically have short-term perspectives, particularly those living in countries facing population decline and...

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    With US Funds Gone, UN Population Fund Faces Brutal Choices in Helping Women

    by  • August 27, 2017 • Development, Gender-Based Violence, Health and Population, Sustainable Development Goals, Take a Look, US Foreign Relations • 

    It will soon be two years since the United Nations adopted a new 15-year development policy encapsulated in the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. This sprawling, ambitious agenda was designed partly to address the shortcomings of the Millennium Goals, the most disheartening of which for women was the failure to meet promises of improved maternal...

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    Slow but Steady Gains Achieved in Tobacco Control, Says New WHO Report

    by  • August 8, 2017 • Health and Population, UN Agencies • 

    More than half the world’s population — 63 percent — is covered by one or more comprehensive tobacco control measures. In the past 10 years alone, that number has more than doubled, says a new report from the World Health Organization on the “global tobacco epidemic.” An international push for policies, like strong graphic...

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    Paris Pact Staying Alive: Christiana Figueres’s New Role and More Data on Climate Change

    by  • July 9, 2017 • Climate and Environment, Health and Population, Take a Look • 

    Christiana Figueres, who piloted the Paris Agreement on Climate Change through years of negotiations to success in December 2015, will become chair of The Lancet Countdown’s high-level advisory board, the British medical publication announced recently. The Countdown project was established in November 2016 to monitor the effects of climate change on health and track...

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    Females Exposed to Nuclear Radiation Are Far Likelier Than Males to Suffer Harm

    by  • July 5, 2017 • Disabilities, Gender-Based Violence, Health and Population, Nuclear Disarmament, WORLDVIEWS • 1 Comment

    The new nuclear weapons ban treaty, to be most likely adopted by the United Nations General Assembly this week, arises from hope for our future. The negotiations for the treaty have elevated new information about the damage from ionizing radiation to the world stage. That is exactly where it needs to be heard. More...

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    One Advantage Women Have Over Men: They Live Longer

    by  • June 18, 2017 • Health and Population, Sustainable Development Goals, Women • 

    A male hang glider, above, takes off from a cliff in eastern San Diego County, California

    With few exceptions, women across the world live longer than men. Globally, life expectancies of women at birth exceed men by more than four years. At age 60, women live longer than men by nearly three years. Globally, average life expectancy at birth stands at 72 years, with some 50 countries attaining levels above...

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    Babatunde Osotimehin, UNFPA Head Since 2011, Dies Suddenly at 68

    by  • June 5, 2017 • Africa, GOINGS-ON, Health and Population, UN Agencies • 

    The death on June 4 of Babatunde Osotimehin, executive director of the United Nations Population Fund, UNFPA, and a Nigerian, was not only a personal tragedy and a shock to the staff of the fund but also another blow for an agency that had recently lost all its United States financial support. Osotimehin, a...

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    The Debate on Trump’s Budget Ignores Serious Global Cuts

    by  • May 29, 2017 • Africa, Gender-Based Violence, Geopolitics, Health and Population, Humanitarian Aid, Peace and Security, UN Peacekeeping, US-UN Relations • 

    When the White House sent its proposed 2018 budget to the United States Congress on May 23, it was apparent that not only would a hawkish, nationalistic focus on military expenditures come at the cost of international aid and support for the United Nations. Worse, the Trump plan would also sideline discussions on global...

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    Refugee Health: A Defining Issue of the Century

    by  • May 11, 2017 • Health and Population, Migration, Myanmar, Refugees, Take a Look, US-UN Relations • 

    In mid-2016, the United Nations refugee agency and Ugandan officials made a horrific discovery. Cholera was being introduced in a migrant settlement by refugees from South Sudan who were fleeing the extreme violence in their imploding country. In barely six weeks, beginning last July, 80,000 South Sudanese had arrived in Uganda when the outbreak...

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    Three Ways to Help Prevent Violence Against Women and Girls

    by  • May 3, 2017 • Gender-Based Violence, Health and Population, Human Rights, WORLDVIEWS • 1 Comment

    Celebrating International Women's Day in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, 2015

    Everyone has a fundamental right to live free of violence. Yet violence against women and girls is a health epidemic and a leading cause of injury and disability for women across the globe. In many regions, it kills as many women and girls from ages 15 to 44 as cancer and surpasses injury from...

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    Why Would Anyone Want This Job? The WHO Prepares to Elect a New Chief

    by  • April 24, 2017 • Africa, Asia, Health and Population, Sustainable Development Goals, UN Agencies, US Foreign Relations, US-UN Relations • 

    GENEVA — In late May by secret paper ballot, all 194 member states of the World Health Assembly that have paid their dues will cast their votes for one of three final candidates in the first-ever election of the planet’s top doctor: the director-general of the World Health Organization. The candidates are Tedros Adhanom...

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    Female Drug Users Face Harsh Stigmatization: Global Drug Report

    by  • April 3, 2017 • Gender-Based Violence, Health and Population, WORLDVIEWS • 

    For the first time in almost 50 years, the International Narcotics Control Board, an independent body of the United Nations drug-control system, has included a thematic chapter on women and drugs in its 2016 annual report. This substantive inclusion of a gender perspective in discussing international drug policies is a step forward. Yet it...

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    US Republicans Extend Global Gag Rules, and Asia’s E-Trash Piles Up

    by  • February 14, 2017 • Climate and Environment, Health and Population, Take a Look • 

    In this third installment of an occasional series on research and data useful to readers, PassBlue takes a look at financial threats to a United Nations agency focused on family planning and how e-waste in Asia is hurting the regional environment and public health. With the fate of funding for the United Nations Population...

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    Trump’s ‘Gag Rule’ Contradicts UN Policy Helping Women in Distress

    by  • January 24, 2017 • Gender-Based Violence, Health and Population, Human Rights, Poverty, Refugees, US-UN Relations, Women • 2 Comments

    Just days after a global outpouring of support for a movement demanding protection for the rights of women and other advances promoted by civil society, Donald Trump has fully turned back the clock. On Jan. 23, with a stroke of his presidential pen, he banned all official American aid to any global organization that...

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    In a Single Day, US Congress Castigates Both the UN and Obama Over Israeli Vote

    by  • January 6, 2017 • Health and Population, Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Middle East, Security Council, UN Agencies • 

    While Washington is caught up in the unfolding drama about the extent and motives of Russian hacking and possible attempted manipulation of the 2016 American presidential election, another story is playing out around threats to “punish” the United Nations. On Jan.5, the United States House of Representatives voted to repudiate the Security Council resolution...

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    In Reducing Maternal Deaths, Too Much Care Can Be as Damaging as Too Little

    by  • October 31, 2016 • Gender-Based Violence, Health and Population, Women • 1 Comment

    The United Nations has been loudly broadcasting the good news in the last few years about the overall reduction in maternal mortality globally, but what it has not vocalized as well is that the gap doubled between countries with the lowest and highest rates of maternal deaths from 1990 to 2013. That gap continues...

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