Last year Armenia banned sex-selective abortions, but its preference for baby boys is leading to scores of aborted girls.   Armenia has the world’s 3rd-highest rate of sex-selective abortions. 114 Armenian boys were born for every 100 girls from 2012 to 2013, compared to…

A new census in Pakistan counts 207.7 million people—a 57% increase since 1998, vaulting the nation over Brazil and making it the world’s 5th-most-populous country.   With 22 births per 1,000 people and less than a third of women using any form of birth control, Pakistan…

Food scarcity in drought-stricken Central America is at the root of mass migrations to the US, a report released by several global aid groups said this week.   About half of families surveyed in Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala faced food insecurity—when supplies are…

United around the goal of expanding contraceptive access for women and girls in the world’s poorest countries, family planning leaders convene today in London. The meeting—co-hosted by the UK Government, the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and the Bill & Melinda Gates…

To those of us who knew Babatunde Osotimehin, MD, he was simply “Prof.” Yes, he had many distinguished titles in his career. At the time of his death, Babatunde was the 4th executive director of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and the under-secretary-general of the UN. He…

When flu vaccine supplies are limited, Chicago should prioritize vaccinating groups at high risk for flu complications, regardless of age, say Virginia Tech researchers, based on their study of past influenza pandemics in the city.  

The maternal mortality ratio in 2 Lagos slums is nearly twice that of Lagos State as a whole, according to a new cross-sectional, community-based study by MSF.   Researchers surveyed close to 4,000 households in Makoko Riverine and Badia East. They found 1,050 maternal…

Africa’s indigenous populations face gross human rights violations, forced evictions and land dispossession, gendered violence, and other major challenges, according to a new report on indigenous peoples around the world. The continent’s estimated 50 million indigenous…

The 12-person town of Whiteclay, Nebraska, has supplied more than 42 million cans of beer in the last 10 years to residents of the alcohol-free Pine Ridge Reservation just across the South Dakota-Nebraska border. The arrangement, according to an investigative journalism…

Italy is ranked the healthiest nation in the world by the Bloomberg Global Health Index. Despite a sluggish economy with high debt and slow growth, Italy edged out 163 other developed countries for high life expectancy and a healthy population.   Italians—whose…