Experts and officials discussed success and challenges ahead At the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in Cairo, what began as a discussion about population targets shifted and put the needs and aspirations of human beings at the centre of sustainable development. With this paradigm shift, 179 governments, including Vietnam, adopted the visionary Programme of Action and agreed that putting people first, empowering women, and enabling people to freely decide the timing and spacing of their pregnancies would clear the way to sustainable development. The gains made since then are remarkable: ● In 1994, only about 15 per cent of married women in the least developed countries used a modern contraceptive. Today, 37 per cent do. ● 25 years ago in the least-developed countries, nearly 800 in 100,000 women died during pregnancy or childbirth. Today, that rate has been cut in half. ● A woman in a least-developed country 25 years ago had nearly six … [Read more...] about World Population Day 2019: More challenges ahead
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(CNN)World Youth Day in Panama is supposed to be about young people, from all over the globe, celebrating their Catholic faith with the Pope. But this year, it's happening during arguably the greatest crisis of Pope Francis' pontificate and of the modern-day Catholic Church. The gathering is taking place January 22-27 in Panama City, with the Pope arriving on the 23rd. Panama is 88% Catholic, according to the Vatican, and despite the shadow of controversy, this is a coming home of sorts for Pope Francis, the first Latin American pontiff. His 10 speeches will be in his native Spanish, which typically means he might improvise instead of sticking to prepared texts. According to the Vatican, about 150,000 youth have enrolled so far, a much lower turnout than World Youth Days in 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and in 2016 in Krakow, Poland, which attracted about 3 million each. The Pope is expected, as he often does, to weave politics into his speeches, particularly issues such as … [Read more...] about Could World Youth Day in Panama give the Pope a boost?
Illustrative image (Source: VNA) An Giang (VNA) – A meeting took place in Long Xuyen city, the Mekong Delta province of An Giang, in response to World Environment Day (June 5) and a national week on clean water and rural sanitation. Beginning in 1974, the UN’s World Environment Day is now celebrated in over 100 countries. The theme for 2018 is beating plastic pollution. At the meeting, Vice President of the Vietnam Women’s Union (VWU) Nguyen Thi Tuyet pointed to the fact that Vietnam disposes 12 million tonnes of waste on an annual average, which will be 20 million tonnes in 2020. Of the total waste, 2,500 tonnes are plastics, which seriously harm the land, water and air, she added. Tuyet and Vice Chairman of the An Giang People’s Committee Lam Quang Thi called for sectors, party members, public servants, VWU members and youths to take greater part in environmental protection and awareness-raising campaigns related to the issue. Thi said the national week … [Read more...] about An Giang: meeting marks World Environment Day
Vietnam is calling for greater awareness about contraception and safe sex as it is seeing nearly 300,000 abortions a year according to a survey by the Ministry of Health. The numbers were announced by Nguyen Doan Tu, head of the General Office for Population and Family Planning, at the conference about benefits in contraception in response to World Contraception Day on September 26. Nguyen Doan Tu, head of the General Office for Population and Family Planning speaks at the conference on September 26 Contraceptive methods bring in three main benefits including taking initiative in when to have children, avoiding sexually transmitted diseases and help promote better family lives. According to last year report, 24 out of 1,000 pregnant cases and 15 out of 1,000 abortion cases are from teenage mothers. A survey about population change and family planning in April 2016 show that 62 out of 100 abortion cases for married women, aged 15-49, were unwanted pregnancies. Multiple abortions, … [Read more...] about Vietnam responds to World Contraception Day
U.S. Salutes Ethiopia’s Health Heroes in Leading Efforts to Beat Malaria: On World Malaria Day, the United States is proud to partner with all Ethiopians in your efforts to beat the disease. And we salute Ethiopia’s health heroes – doctors, nurses, community health workers, lab technicians, mosquito sprayers, pharmacists, researchers, drivers, warehouse workers, data entry specialists and many more – who work every day to safeguard health, prevent illness and assist those in need. When a young child wakes up lethargic and feverish in many rural communities, mothers often turn to health extension workers who use a rapid finger-stick test to see if malaria parasites are present in the child’s blood. And if the test is positive, health workers administer an antimalarial treatment so the child can recover. As many villagers live far from health clinics and hospitals, health extension workers are often the first, and sometimes only, providers of health services … [Read more...] about United States Embassy, Addis Ababa-World Malaria Day-Open Letter from USAID Mission Director