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In this commentary, written for the BMJ Blog, UNFPA Executive Director Babatunde Osotimehin explores the tradition of large families in the Horn of Africa and related challenges.

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.


"Population aging presents societies with new challenges but also great opportunities. Healthy older workers represent a growing reservoir of unrealized human capital. With the right support the elderly can continue to make vital contributions to their families, communities...


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