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Panel Highlights the Contribution of Maternal Health to Achievement of the MDGs

UNITED NATIONS — As the Commission on Population and Development addressed the overall theme of health, mortality, morbidity and development, a side panel organized by UNFPA looked at the contribution of reproductive…

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Commission on Population and Development Considers Health, Mortality, Morbidity and Development

UNITED NATIONS — Ms. Purnima Mane, UNFPA Deputy Executive Director (Programme), this morning delivered an opening statement at the 43rd Session of Commission on Population and Development, whose theme is health,…

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Uncharted Territory: Emerging Population Issues in Eastern Europe and Central Asia

NEW YORK – The combination of extremely low birth rates, migration losses and moderate mortality is leading to both rapid population decline and ageing in many countries in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

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Abandoning Female Genital Cutting/Mutilation in the Afar Region of Ethiopia

AWASH, Afar Region, Ethiopia — A smile formed on Dohra Ali’s face when she recalled what her eldest daughter asked her a couple of years ago. “Mother, is there a place in this world where FGM is not practised where I…

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Applications Open for Speakers at MDG Hearings

UNITED NATIONS — This year, the tenth anniversary of the Millennium Declaration, will be a critical year in determining which development pathways our world will pursue.

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Voter Education Effort Puts Gender Issues at Centre of Rajasthan Election Campaign

JAIPUR, India — A voter education campaign before village council elections in January and February has significantly increased the visibility of women’s health and rights issues in Rajasthan state. 

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Viet Nam Radio Drama Helps Reduce Stigma Related to HIV

HANOI, Viet Nam — As the first national radio soap opera that focused on changing the behaviour of young people in Viet Nam drew to a close, producers shared some of the 2,000 letters sent in by listeners, who testified…

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South Asian Midwives Meet to Plan Better Maternal Health Care

DHAKA, Bangladesh — Three out of five women giving birth in South Asia do so without a midwife or other skilled birth attendant on hand, a major reason some 44 per cent of maternal deaths worldwide occur in the…

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Day Camp Provides Young Haitians with Respite from the Boredom of Displacement

PORT-AU-PRINCE — Every day for the past week, Emanuel Eliacin has led an operation that seems like Mission Impossible: Select a thousand 11- to 16-year-olds from camps for the displaced population, put them on 20 buses…

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