PRB Region Feed: Middle East/Regions/MiddleEast.aspxYemen's New Government Faces Long-Standing Demographic Challenges Located at the base of the Arab Peninsula between Oman and Saudi Arabia, Yemen is the poorest Arab country. More than one-third of the population is undernourished, and nearly half of children younger than 5 are underweight.04/20/2012/Publications/Articles/2012/yemen-country-spotlight.aspxa3ce67db-490a-4394-bc99-fba2d61bee20Demographic Trends in Muslim CountriesMuslims account for around one-fifth of the world's population, or about 1.6 billion people. They represent the majority population in about 50 countries and territories clustered in Asia and Africa. Muslims are diverse, varying by race, language, and the degree of their religious conservatism. 04/17/2013/Publications/Articles/2013/demographics-muslims.aspx96f1639e-338f-465e-9012-432b769a8b61Child Marriage in the Middle East and North Africa Child marriage reinforces the vicious cycle of early marriage, low education, high fertility, and poverty. Most countries in the Middle East and North Africa region have laws on the minimum legal age for marriage, but some families take advantage of religious laws and arrange religious ceremonies.04/22/2010/Publications/Articles/2010/menachildmarriage.aspx8dbb3139-fbb3-4cb2-b8e7-0c6beaf44c30In Morocco, More Modern Contraceptive Use Plays Key Role in Decreasing Maternal DeathsFor women in Morocco today, becoming a mother is safer than ever. The nation has seen a sharp decline in the numbers of women who die during pregnancy or childbirth.06/26/2012/Publications/Articles/2012/morocco-maternal-deaths.aspx8cb9b53d-4c0f-499f-b1ab-d3eba40c110dThe West Bank and Gaza: A Population ProfileThese two areas are unique entities in today’s world. Although parts of both consist of autonomous, Palestinian-governed regions, Israel and Israeli forces surround them.04/22/2002/Publications/Articles/2002/TheWestBankandGazaAPopulationProfile.aspx57cddba5-1778-47cf-b96a-77b2f6a9c718Domestic Violence High in Egypt, Affecting Women's Reproductive HealthViolence against women is a costly and pervasive public health problem and a violation of human rights. In Egypt, a third of women are physically abused by their husbands, according to the 2005 Egypt Demographic and Health Survey. 05/07/2010/Publications/Articles/2010/domesticviolence-egypt.aspx50285366-20c4-43cd-8bfa-c34e5f4fb2c1Reproductive Health Programs Need to Involve MenConflicting interests and inequities between men and women pose serious obstacles to good health. Recently, however, there has been increased awareness of the need to actively involve men in reproductive health programs. 11/20/2003/Publications/Articles/2003/ReproductiveHealthProgramsNeedtoInvolveMen.aspx3af8e5d4-eb15-47fd-aee6-ae2aa629f94bSaudi Arabia Faces Population PressuresSaudi Arabia is grappling with many demographic problems: a large, young population; fertility rates of almost 6 children per woman; high population growth; and a large expatriate population.06/15/2003/Publications/Articles/2003/SaudiArabiaFacesPopulationPressures.aspx37b9ebbd-182c-4482-846f-d612a0e69ab1Unintended Pregnancies in the Middle East and North AfricaUnintended pregnancies are widespread in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region and are a burden on women's health and their families, as well as on countries' health systems and social and economic development.11/12/2009/Publications/Articles/2009/menaunintendedpregnancies.aspx21523b1c-bb3b-404d-88a4-d5b6feffe0caIn Arab Countries, Mobile Internet and Social Media Are Dominant, but Disparities in Access Remain Arab countries continue to rapidly gain access to mobile cellular and to a smaller extent, mobile and wireless Internet, but lag behind in access to fixed broadband Internet access at home. 04/23/2012/Publications/Articles/2012/arab-region-internet-use.aspx1c129fbe-07ed-4893-8569-fa8fb57aa407