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Executive Director Discusses Global Population Growth

<p>UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin emphasized the critical role of young people during a lecture yesterday on the ongoing challenges posed by global population growth.</p>

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International Conference on Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting Aims to Accelerate Change

NAIROBI, Kenya — “This initiative will improve the lives, health and dignity of women and girls in Africa,” said Nafissatou Diop, coordinator of the UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Programme that aims for the abandonment of the…

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Senegal Curbs a Traditional Rite, African-Style

<p>SARE HAROUNA, Senegal — When Aissatou Kande was a little girl, her family followed a tradition considered essential to her suitability to marry.</p>

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Challenges Loom as World Population Hits 7 Billion

<p>She's a 40-year-old mother of eight, with a ninth child due soon. The family homestead in a Burundi village is too small to provide enough food, and three of the children have quit school for lack of money…

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Twenty-five Children: A Safety Net in Kenya’s Poorest Region

GARISSA, Kenya —“I’ll have children until I die,” says Mohammed Abdi, a 56-year-old man who is expecting his 25th child.

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Senegal's 'Small Revolution' in Family Planning

<p>DAKAR — While in 1990 the average woman in Senegal had 6.7 children in her reproductive cycle. In 2009, when the latest statistics were made available, they had 4.8, according to the Health Ministry.</p>

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Addressing Low Fertility in a World of 7 Billion: Macedonians Try Financial Incentives

VEVCHANI, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia — This mountain village of tiled roofs and narrow streets dates back to the seventh century.

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Desperation Pushes Somali Refugees into Dangerous Territory

DADAAB, Kenya — Fatima knew that the journey from Southern Somalia to Kenya’s Dadaab refugee camp could be very dangerous.

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Americans for UNFPA Honours those Who Promote the Rights of Women and Girls

NEW YORK — Women from Sri Lanka, Sierra Leone and the United States were honoured last night by Americans for UNFPA for their commitment to promoting women’s health and elevating the status of women.

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