26 September reported on 25 April that Deputy Minister of Public Health and Population, Dr. Jamilah al-Raebi, stressed the importance of developing a strategy and a clear plan for reproductive health within the plan of public emergency. She confirmed in her speech in the opening training workshop on package primary services, which represent minimum reproductive health services during crises, the importance of training and qualifying health workers to provide emergency services in case of natural disasters or man-made crises occurrence like wars, and also provide reproductive health services and care for maternal and newborn health. The four-day workshop organized by Yemeni Family Care Association and supported by UNFPA for 30 participants from various governorates. Read in Arabic: 26 September
Agencia Orbita reported 25 April that the National Institute of Statistics and Informative (INEI), performed the installation of the Advisory Committee on the Estimation of Poverty and other related indicators in the country. This commission, which aims to ensure the quality, transparency and trust of the information in the field of poverty measurement and other indicators related, is chaired by the head of INEI, Mg. Renan Quispe Llanos and consists of experts from international organizations, including Walter Mendoza of UNFPA.
The Vanguard reported on 25 April that according to the last official Nigerian census in 2006, women comprised almost half of the then 140 million populace at 68.3 million. Updated figures for 2009 put the head count in Africa’s most populous, as well most densely populated nation, at 148 million. Allowing for applicable variables, it would be logical to assume that the female population has grown correspondingly in the period, were it not for another set of disturbing statistics. In 2008, UNFPA reported that 52,000 Nigerian women were dying annually due to pregnancy and child-birth related complications. In more comprehensible terms, the number translates to 145 women per day. Read: Vanguard
GlobalPost published a blog on 25 April on public sexual harassment in Kabul. In 2009, the Ministry of Education reported that within eight months, 138 students and teachers have died and 172 have been wounded in criminal and terror attacks. About 651 schools have closed and another 122 school buildings have been blown up or burned down. Based on information from UNFPA, about 31 percent of Afghan women suffer physical violence and another 30 percent suffer from psychological violence. Read: GlobalPost