Published: Tue, June 06, 2017
Medical | By Garry George

UNFPA chief Osotimehin dies at 68

UNFPA chief Osotimehin dies at 68

According to the release, Dr. Osotimehin, 68, died suddenly at his home last night.

Former health minister and current head of the United Nations Population Fund, Babatunde Osotimehin, is dead.

A strong advocate of good health for pregnant mothers, he was appointed the fourth Executive Director of UNFPA in November 2010 for a four-year term and was reappointed in August 2014.

Before this appointment, with the rank of United Nations Under-Secretary-General, he was the Minister of Health for Nigeria.

He was a global leader of public health, women's empowerment and young people, particularly focused on promoting human rights, including sexual and reproductive health and rights, as well as population and development.

The family said that the burial of the former Nigerian minister of health would be announced later.

"Sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights are among the most important, and often sensitive, on the worldwide agenda", Guterres said.

UNFPA called his death "a devastating loss" for the agency "and for the people, especially women, girls and youth, he dedicated his life to serving".

Provost, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, Professor Bunmi Olaopa-Olapade described the deaths of Professor Babatunde Osotimehin as sudden, and one that was a shock to the academic community.

The Trump administration, which has banned US funding for worldwide groups that perform abortions or provide abortion information, recently announced that it was cutting all funding to UNFPA. He led several councils, including in the World Economic Forum.

No funeral arrangements were announced.

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