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Population Council Mourns The Death of Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, UNFPA Executive Director

The Population Council expresses its sorrow at the passing of Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), who passed away Sunday. Dr. Osotimehin made tremendous contributions to global health as a defender and champion of the health and rights of women, girls and families around the world.

"Professor Osotimehin was a great friend and ally to women and girls. His leadership, vision, and advocacy directly transformed the lives of millions of people," said Julia Bunting, President, Population Council. "We mourn his passing and send our sympathies to his family, many friends, and the entire UN community. We are committed to continuing his legacy. "

A physician and public health expert, Babatunde Osotimehin was formerly the Minister of Health of Nigeria. Early in his career he worked as a Population Council fellow at our Center for Biomedical Research in 1985. He worked with Dr. Sheldon Segal, who led the Population Council’s development of contraceptive technologies.

Read UNFPA’s statement on the passing of Dr. Osotimehin here.