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Health and Population

  •  September 1, 2015 
Every year, the first week of August is dedicated to promoting the exclusive feeding of newborn infants with natural breast milk, which evidence shows can ensure numerous health benefits for mother and child. There are few if any specialists in the field of infant health who would now dispute that. United Nations agencies, the …
  •  August 17, 2015 
Remarkably after a yearlong effort by environmental health advocates, air quality has been embedded in the new set of universal development goals for a sustainable future. Since an estimated 60 percent of the global population will live in cities by 2030, which is the deadline of the new goals, outdoor urban air quality is …
  •  July 27, 2015 
A trio of megatrends that could radically change the makeup of cities around the world is about to converge. “You have two very powerful trends,” says John Wilmoth, director of the United Nations Population Division. “There’s aging of population and there’s an urbanization that’s taking place. It’s not only movement to cities, but it’s …
  •  June 29, 2015 
SHANGHAI — Coal use by some of the world’s most advanced societies — Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States, known as the Group of 7 — has been increasing deaths and disease globally, Oxfam International, a consortium of 17 affiliates fighting poverty, found recently in a report titled “Let Them …
  •  June 10, 2015 
WINNIPEG, Canada — Every new immigrant to Canada has to live through the three stages of acculturation, which for most people is not easy. First comes the thrill and joy of exploring a new land, then feelings of marginalization and hostility toward the host country and, finally, acceptance. The numbers of non-European immigrant women …
  •  April 22, 2015 
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 …
  •  February 10, 2015 
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 …
  •  February 9, 2015 
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 …
  •  January 15, 2015 
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 …
  •  January 6, 2015 
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 …
  •  December 26, 2014 
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 …
  •  December 11, 2014 
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 …
  •  November 20, 2014 
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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