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Development Issues

2014 Population Award Honors Pioneers for Women's Health

Content by: South-South News

12 June 2014, New York, USA | Brendan Pastor – Great achievements in promoting women’s health were honored by the UN, as the Population Fund (UNFPA) awarded two individuals prestigious honors for their work around the world.

Father Aldo Marchesini, a volunteer medical surgeon and Catholic priest who worked across sub-Saharan Africa treating fistulas, HIV/AIDS, and other diseases in women and girls, was granted the 2014 Population Award for individuals.

Marchesini contracted HIV in his life due to exposure to patients with the disease – a consequence of his selflessness and dedication to improving the lives of the less fortunate.

The second Population Award was granted to Jhpiego, a non-profit organization fostering greater health practices and awareness for women and girls. Jhpiego President and CEO Leslie Mancuso warmly accepted the award on behalf of the organization.

“Population issues are not about numbers. They are about people: mothers, sisters and daughters; fathers and brothers and sons. They are about families,” Mancuso said to the audience in an emotional and moving speech.

The Population Award is presented by the United Nations Population Fund, for individuals and organizations who have demonstrated extraordinary awareness and activism for population issues. UN leadership, including the Deputy-Secretary-General Jan Eliasson and Executive Director of UNFPA Babatunde Osotimehin were on hand to present the award to this year's laureates, nothing their tireless work supporting empowerment and health for women and girls.

“[The awardees] combine passion with compassion,” said Eliasson, adding, “nothing happens in life without passion, but the wrong things happen without compassion.”

Population issues have become central themes in today's development goals - putting the work of this year's Population Award recipients in the front lines of a more sustainable future for all.



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