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    The central themes in the field of population and development relate to the links between population dynamics on the one hand, and economic and social development on the other. We ask questions about how each influences the other, and what the implications of these links might be. In order to observe, evaluate or predict these links, however, we need to know how to measure and define the population dynamics that we are concerned with. This module therefore introduces the basic quantitative elements of demography, which is the scientific study of human populations.
    The module outlines the main characteristics of a population that are important in demography—population size, structure, distribution and change. It then discusses the three processes which affect these characteristics—fertility, mortality and migration. We will look at the terminology, measures and methodological issues for each of these, and will consider some examples from different current and historical populations around the world.
    UNFPA works in many different contexts, including humanitarian settings. The reality of UNFPA’s work is that some country offices may be required to respond quickly and for a short period of time after a disaster has struck, then transition to a longer-term development context. Other country offices, such as Sudan, Afghanistan and Iraq work in an emergency setting on a continual basis. It is important for UNFPA to able to prepare for and engage in humanitarian assistance, whether in response to a natural disaster or conflict, or a combination of the two.

    This course will introduce you to concepts related to sexual and reproductive health, population data and gender in humanitarian settings. To begin, we set the context for the course by looking at two examples of emergencies – the first, in the Philippines, is caused primarily by natural disasters. The second, Darfur, is termed a complex emergency. Both types of emergencies will be examined in depth later in this module.

    Welcome to this Distance learning course on Maternal Deaths, “Reducing Maternal Deaths: Selecting Priorities, Tracking progress”. It is one of six courses which make up the UNFPA Project on “Distance Learning System on Population Issues” The Course Team have estimated that the average length of time you will take to study the course will be around 40 hours. Normally people find that it is possible to study such a course at the rate of about 5-7 hours per week so you should expect your study to take about 7-8 weeks. The Course Team have split the course up into three modules. The length of each module in terms of estimated study time will be indicated to you before you start, to help you plan your study sessions.
    Welcome to this Distance learning course on Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health (ASRH). It is the fifth course of the UNFPA Project on “Distance Learning System on Population Issues” The Course Team have estimated that the average length of time you will take to study the course will be around 40 hours. Normally people find that it is possible to study such a course at the rate of about 5-7 hours per week so you should expect your study to take about 7-8 weeks. The Course Team have split the course up into five modules. The length of each module in terms of estimated study time will be indicated to you before you start, to help you plan your study sessions. You should study all five modules.
    Welcome to this Distance learning course on ADVOCACY: action, change and commitment. It is the fourth course of the UNFPA Project on “Distance Learning System on Population Issues”
    The Course Team have estimated that the average length of time you will take to study the course will be around 40 hours. Normally people find that it is possible to study such a course at the rate of about 5-7 hours per week so you should expect your study to take about 7-8 weeks. The Course Team have designed the course to be in a printed format and have split the course up into three modules as shown in Figure 1. The length of each module in terms of estimated study time will be indicated to you before you start, to help you plan your study sessions. You should study all three modules.
    Welcome to this Distance learning course on Gender, ‘Gender Mainstreaming: Taking Action, Getting Results’. It is part of the UNFPA Distance Learning on Population Issues (DLPI) programme.
    Gender equality is a core commitment of the United Nations System and UNFPA and is upheld in international consensus agreements and international conventions managed by the UN. This course will walk you through an understanding of what gender issues are, why they are important to tackle and mainstream in development practice and what tools are available to this end.
    The HIV epidemic is undoubtedly the most significant public health crisis of our time. It is very complex, and varies considerably within and between countries and regions of the world. Since the HIV virus was first isolated in 1983 our knowledge has grown progressively. Researchers have learnt about how the virus replicates, manipulates the infected cells and hides in the infected person. We now know how it is transmitted and how to prevent transmission. Research on new prevention approaches and technologies, including a vaccine and microbicides, is progressing every day. Where available and well implemented, antiretroviral treatment has transformed HIV from an inevitably fatal condition to a chronic, manageable disease.
    But major obstacles remain in stemming the epidemic. Prevention and new approaches to treatment, care and support have not yet reached large parts of the world − as a consequence, the number of new HIV infections has not decreased. Large numbers of people still lack access to HIV and AIDS services.
    This course starts by explaining what HIV and AIDS are. It then provides you with an overview of the epidemic globally and regionally. You will see how HIV affects individuals and societies, what the main transmission routes are, how testing is carried out, and the roles played by risk, vulnerability, stigma and discrimination in the epidemic. Equipped with this knowledge, in Module 2 you will proceed to learn how we, collectively, and you, as an individual, can make a difference in the response to HIV and AIDS.
    SRH issues cannot be considered in isolation from wider considerations such as gender, poverty, human rights and cultural norms and practices. This module introduces two ideas that underpin any discussion of SRH: the central importance of gender equality and reproductive rights. We also need to be familiar with the ‘history’ of SRH, and how our thinking and understanding of these issues has been shaped by the consensus reached in 1994 at the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD). This module describes the key outputs of ICPD, as well as the role of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). You will find that this module is more theoretical than the rest of the course. Do not speed through it – rather, take your time to fully assimilate it – so that you will have the basis and tools to proceed with the rest of the course.
    The UNFPA’s Distance Learning course on “ICPD and Humanitarian Action: Emergency Preparedness, Response and Recovery” is the seventh course in the UNFPA’s Distance Learning Programme on Population Issues (DLPI). In this course, you will explore answers to those questions, and more. The course attempts to help you understand what makes certain populations more vulnerable when a disaster strikes, and how the sexual and reproductive health rights of women and girls need to be given urgent attention during those crises.
    While the course may raise more questions than it actually answers, the course designers hope that, on completion of this course, you will be better able to prepare for the possibility of an emergency in your country, and, if a humanitarian emergency should occur, that you will be better prepared to respond to it and to help affected populations transition out of the emergency.
    Welcome to this Distance learning course on Maternal Deaths,
    “Reducing Maternal Deaths: Selecting Priorities, Tracking
    progress”. It is one of six courses which make up the UNFPA
    Project on “Distance Learning System on Population Issues”
    The Course Team have estimated that the average length of time
    you will take to study the course will be around 40 hours.
    Normally people find that it is possible to study such a course at
    the rate of about 5-7 hours per week so you should expect your
    study to take about 7-8 weeks. The Course Team have split the
    course up into three modules as shown in Figure 1. The length
    of each module in terms of estimated study time will be
    indicated to you before you start, to help you plan your study
    sessions.
    Welcome to this Distance learning course on Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health (ASRH). It is the fifth course of the UNFPA Project on “Distance Learning System on Population Issues”
    The Course Team have estimated that the average length of time you will take to study the course will be around 40 hours.
    Normally people find that it is possible to study such a course at the rate of about 5-7 hours per week so you should expect your study to take about 7-8 weeks. The Course Team have split the course up into five modules as shown in Figure 1. The length of each module in terms of estimated study time will be indicated to you before you start, to help you plan your study sessions.
    You should study all five modules.
    Welcome to this Distance learning course on ADVOCACY: action, change and commitment. It is the fourth course of the UNFPA Project on “Distance Learning System on Population Issues”
    The Course Team have estimated that the average length of time
    you will take to study the course will be around 40 hours.
    Normally people find that it is possible to study such a course at
    the rate of about 5-7 hours per week so you should expect your
    study to take about 7-8 weeks. The Course Team have designed
    the course to be in a printed format and have split the course up
    into three modules as shown in Figure 1. The length of each
    module in terms of estimated study time will be indicated to you
    before you start, to help you plan your study sessions. You
    should study all three modules.
    Welcome to this Distance learning course on Gender, 'Gender Mainstreaming: Taking Action, Getting Results'. It is part of the UNFPA Distance Learning on Population Issues (DLPI) programme.

    Gender equality is a core commitment of the United Nations System and UNFPA and is upheld in international consensus agreements and international conventions managed by the UN. This course will walk you through an understanding of what gender issues are, why they are important to tackle and mainstream in development practice and what tools are available to this end.
    Welcome to UNFPA’s course on Responding to HIV and AIDS. This course is part of a set of Distance Learning Courses on Population Issues (DLPI). The other courses are (1) Sexual and Reproductive Health, (3) Gender Mainstreaming, (4) Advocacy, (5) Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health, and (6) Maternal Mortality. A seventh course on Population and Development will be produced.
    This guide explains how the course is organised, suggests how to work through
    it and ways of working with your Tutor. Importantly for you, it contains the final
    assessment which you will need to complete to be awarded a certificate.
    Please take some time to go through this guide before you start to work on the
    course materials (four modules). After studying the modules, return to this guide
    for the final assignments.
    Welcome to UNFPA’s course on Sexual and Reproductive Health. This course is
    part of a set of Distance Learning Courses on Population Issues (DLPI). The other
    courses are (2) Responding to HIV/AIDS, (3) Gender Mainstreaming, (4) Advocacy,
    (5) Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health, and (6) Maternal Mortality.
    A seventh course on Population and Development will be produced.
    This guide explains how the course is organised, suggests how to work through
    it and ways of working with your Tutor. Importantly for you, it contains the final
    assessment which you will need to complete to be awarded a certificate.
    Please take some time to go through this guide before you start to work on the
    course materials (five modules). After studying the modules, return to this guide
    for the final assignments.
    The central themes in the field of population and development relate to the links between population dynamics on the one hand, and economic and social development on the other. We ask questions about how each influences the other, and what the implications of these links might be. In order to observe, evaluate or predict these links, however, we need to know how to measure and define the population dynamics that we are concerned with. This module therefore introduces the basic quantitative elements of demography, which is the scientific study of human populations.
    The module outlines the main characteristics of a population that are important in demography-----population size, structure, distribution and change. It then discusses the three processes which affect these characteristics-----fertility, mortality and migration. We will look at the terminology, measures and methodological issues for each of these, and will consider some examples from different current and historical populations around the world.
    The UNFPA’s Distance Learning course on “ICPD and Humanitarian Action: Emergency Preparedness, Response and Recovery” is the seventh course in the UNFPA’s Distance Learning Programme on Population Issues (DLPI). In this course, you will explore answers to those questions, and more. The course attempts to help you understand what makes certain populations more vulnerable when a disaster strikes, and how the sexual and reproductive health rights of women and girls need to be given urgent attention during those crises.

    While the course may raise more questions than it actually answers, the course designers hope that, on completion of this course, you will be better able to prepare for the possibility of an emergency in your country, and, if a humanitarian emergency should occur, that you will be better prepared to respond to it and to help affected populations transition out of the emergency.
    Welcome to this Distance learning course on Maternal Deaths, “Reducing Maternal Deaths: Selecting Priorities, Tracking progress”. It is one of six courses which make up the UNFPA Project on “Distance Learning System on Population Issues” The Course Team have estimated that the average length of time you will take to study the course will be around 40 hours. Normally people find that it is possible to study such a course at the rate of about 5-7 hours per week so you should expect your study to take about 7-8 weeks. The Course Team have split the course up into three modules as shown in Figure 1. The length of each module in terms of estimated study time will be indicated to you before you start, to help you plan your study sessions.
    Welcome to this Distance learning course on Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health (ASRH). It is the fifth course of the UNFPA Project on “Distance Learning System on Population Issues” The Course Team have estimated that the average length of time you will take to study the course will be around 40 hours. Normally people find that it is possible to study such a course at the rate of about 5-7 hours per week so you should expect your study to take about 7-8 weeks. The Course Team have split the course up into five modules as shown in Figure 1. The length of each module in terms of estimated study time will be indicated to you before you start, to help you plan your study sessions. You should study all five modules.
    Welcome to this Distance learning course on ADVOCACY: action, change and commitment. It is the fourth course of the UNFPA Project on “Distance Learning System on Population Issues”
    The Course Team have estimated that the average length of time you will take to study the course will be around 40 hours. Normally people find that it is possible to study such a course at the rate of about 5-7 hours per week so you should expect your study to take about 7-8 weeks. The Course Team have designed the course to be in a printed format and have split the course up into three modules as shown in Figure 1. The length of each module in terms of estimated study time will be indicated to you before you start, to help you plan your study sessions. You should study all three modules.
    Welcome to this Distance learning course on Gender, ‘Gender Mainstreaming: Taking Action, Getting Results’. It is part of the UNFPA Distance Learning on Population Issues (DLPI) programme.
    Gender equality is a core commitment of the United Nations System and UNFPA and is upheld in international consensus agreements and international conventions managed by the UN. This course will walk you through an understanding of what gender issues are, why they are important to tackle and mainstream in development practice and what tools are available to this end.
    The key guiding documents affirming gender equality are highlighted in the box below and will be given detailed attention in the different modules of the course:
    Welcome to UNFPA’s course on Responding to HIV and AIDS. This course is part of a set of Distance Learning Courses on Population Issues (DLPI). The other courses are (1) Sexual and Reproductive Health, (3) Gender Mainstreaming, (4) Advocacy, (5) Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health, and (6) Maternal Mortality. A seventh course on Population and Development will be produced. This guide explains how the course is organised, suggests how to work through it and ways of working with your Tutor. Importantly for you, it contains the final assessment which you will need to complete to be awarded a certificate. Please take some time to go through this guide before you start to work on the course materials (four modules). After studying the modules, return to this guide for the final assignments.
    The Course Team has estimated that the average length of time you will need to study the course will be around 40 hours. Normally people find that it is possible to study such a course at the rate of about 5-7 hours per week so you should expect your study to take about 7-8 weeks. The Course Team has tried to make the materials as clear as possible, but it is inevitable that you will find some parts harder to understand than others. Indeed you may want extra help and this is where the tutor support services will aid you. When you are studying the material, try to find somewhere quiet and comfortable to work. If possible, try to study for periods of between 1 and 1 ½ hours to avoid loss of concentration. As UNFPA staff, you are allowed by policy to study distance learning materials during work hours. Please agree on learning hours with your supervisor. Reflect on the content of the material as you read it, and try to think about examples from your own experience which are similar to those given in the text. If after re-reading something several times you do not understand it, contact your tutor for clarification. The Course Team has tried to write this course to meet a wide range of different needs. Although students may come from different backgrounds, it is probable that your reasons for studying this course are similar: to learn more about the concept of sexual and reproductive health and become a more effective advocate for it.