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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks to a mother and her child at the Maitama General Hospital in Abuja

Nigeria, Côte d'Ivoire, Ethiopia and France were the four nations UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visited during the month of May to highlight the importance of maternal health.  The trips to Nigeria and Ethiopia were part of the "Every Woman, Every Child" global health effort, which Mr. Ban launched in September last year during the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) summit at UN Headquarters in New York.  In this item we highlight the issue of maternal health in Nigeria.

Mother feeds her son

World Health Assembly tackles under-nutrition in young children

Under-nutrition in children under five is being tackled by international health experts. The World Health Organization, WHO, says over 100 million children under the age of five were under weight, more than 170 million were stunted and some 43 million were overweight and obese in 2010.

Measures to improve maternal, infant and child nutrition were discussed at the 64th World Health Assembly, which took place in Geneva from the 16th to the 24th of May.

UN Permanent Forum for Indigenous Issues

Human rights of women addressed at Indigenous Permanent Forum

The human rights of indigenous women have been spotlighted recently at the United Nations. Tarsila Rivera of the Global Indigenous Women's Caucus is an indigenous Qechua from the Andes region of Peru, South America.  She participated in the recent United Nations Permanent Forum for Indigenous Issues. She says the Permanent Forum was important this year because governments will pay attention to the recommendations on women and human rights the Forum has made.

Producer:  Geraldine Adams

Production Assistant: Sandra Guy

Editor: Daniel Dickinson

Duration:  10'00"

Filed under Women.
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