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Vol. 3, No. 3 | March 2011

 

 

 

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World Population Day
Take Your Medicine... Carefully

US MED Gives BackObserved worldwide every July 11, World Population Day seeks to raise awareness of global population issues and to reaffirm the basic human right to plan for a family. Established by the Governing Council of the United Nations in 1989, it was inspired by a report that the world population would reach 5 billion on this date.

Participating countries observe the day in different ways, many offering poster or essay-writing contests, sports events, concerts or whatever other activities will focus attention on the subject.

Issues include maternal health, family planning, and gender equality.

The U.S. Census Bureau estimates the world's population will reach 7 billion in 2011 or by July 11, 2012.

Marginalized populations have a hard time getting the information and services needed to plan their families; modern contraception remains out of the reach for millions. Without it, poverty, poor health, and inequality result.

Asia accounts for over 60 percent of the world population with more than 4 billion people. China andIndia together have about 37 percent of the world's population. Africa follows with 1 billion people, 15 percent of the world's population.

Through medical science has reduced the number of deaths due to diseases, there are still countries, especially in Africa, where life expectancy remains in the mid-30s. Many children die within the first year.

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