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Nidal has been pacing across the back stage room for the past 30 minutes. One can easily guess from his face that it is soon show time. In a few minutes, Nidal will be appearing along with his school mates in front of the entire student body to play a role of a young person facing HIV in his school.

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Dr Alexandre Kalache, former head of the Program on Aging at the World Health Organization (WHO) and current Advisor on Aging to the New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM), gave a global overview of the demographic transition, noting that the majority of the world’s older adult populations reside in low and middle income countries.

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The main objective of this study was to assess women’s satisfaction with the services provided by LFPA at the selected Lebanese Army health facilities. More specifically, the study aimed at assessing the level of satisfaction with those services which had been strengthened by LFPA from 2006 to 2009 in terms of quality, health personnel competence, availability and attitude of health personnel, counselling, time allocation, educational activities, and availability and use of contraceptives.

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This year's flagship report argues that reproductive health care, including family planning, and gender relations could influence the future course of climate change and affect how humanity adapts to rising seas, worsening storms and severe droughts. Women, especially impoverished women in developing countries, bear the disproportionate burden of climate change, but have so far been largely overlooked in the debate about how to address problems of rising seas, droughts, melting glaciers and extreme weather, the report concludes.

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Culture is and always has been central to development. As a natural and fundamental dimension of people's lives, culture must be integrated into development policy and programming. This report shows how this process works in practice. The starting point of the report is the universal validity of the international human rights framework. The focus is therefore on discussing and showcasing how culturally sensitive approaches are critical for the realization of human rights in general and women's rights in particular.

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In 2008, for the first time, more than half of the world’s population will be living in urban areas. By 2030, towns and cities will be home to almost 5 billion people. The urban population of Africa and Asia will double in less than a generation. This unprecedented shift could enhance development and promote sustainability—or it could deepen poverty and accelerate environmental degradation.

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How do we improve the lives of the nearly 3 billion individuals living on less than two dollars a day? How can we enable all individuals — male and female, young and old — to protect themselves from HIV? To save the lives of more than 500,000 women who die each year in childbirth? What will it take to show young people living in poverty that they have a stake in development and a hope for the future? For perhaps the first time in history, questions such as these are not simply rhetorical. They have answers: answers that go to the very heart of what it means to be a woman or a man, wealthy or poor.

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There is increasing interest in assessing the materials management as a strategy of enhancing the effectiveness of service delivery in reproductive health. The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) policy regarding commodities is an illustration of such interest.

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T he Reproductive Health programme (RH) was initiated in Lebanon in January of 1998 by a joint collaboration between the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the government of Lebanon. 

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Current literature is demonstrating an association between work exposures to xenobiotics and adverse reproductive outcomes. Employees have a fundamental right to work in an environment free of significant reproductive heath risks. 

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