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Promoting health through the life course

U.N. chief warns U.S. funding cut may have devastating effects

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned that a decision by the United States to withdraw all funding to the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) could have ‘devastating effects’ on vulnerable women and girls around the world. The U.S. State Department said it was dropping the funding because the UN Population Fund ‘supports, or participates in the management of, a programme of coercive abortion or involuntary sterilisation.’ A UN spokesperson said Guteress ‘believes that the decision is based on an inaccurate perception of the nature and importance of the work done by UNFPA’

April 4, 2017
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Myanmar trains midwives to tackle maternal death rate

Myanmar is training up hundreds of midwives in an effort to reduce the number of women who die in childbirth, one of the many social policy reforms launched by the country as it emerges from decades of military rule

April 1, 2017

Health systems

Mothers and babies at risk amid critical midwives' shortage in South Sudan

The number of midwives in South Sudan has risen to more than 400 from an estimated eight when the country became independent in 2011, according to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). Still, less than 10 percent of women giving birth in South Sudan receive the help they need to give birth safely, according to UNFPA. More midwives are needed to be able to reach pregnant women in remote areas, so they do not have to walk for hours to get looked after

June 23, 2017

Communicable diseases

U.N. chief, Trump meet at White House amid U.S. funding cut threat

UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres met with President Trump at the White House in talks set against a backdrop of Trump’s plans to cut funding to the world body and its agencies. Trump has proposed a 28% budget cut for diplomacy and foreign aid, which includes an unspecified reduction in financial support for the UN and its agencies, as well as an enforcement of a 25% cap on U.S. funding for peacekeeping operations. The USA is the largest contributor paying 22% of the $5.4bn core budget and 28.5% of the $7.9bn peacekeeping budget. The talks were said to be constructive and they agreed to meet again in the future

April 21, 2017