Reproductive Health : Newsfile

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  • World population to hit 7 billion

    13 October 2011

    Some day very soon, before the end of this month (October 2011), the seven billionth human on earth will be born. And while our annual rate of population increase is slowing – from a high point of over 2 per cent in 1968 - this year's 1.1 per cent increase means some 78 million people will be added to the global population in 2011.

  • Global population to pass 10 billion by 2100: UN

    9 May 2011

    The world’s population is projected to surge past 9 billion before 2050 and then reach 10.1 billion by the end of the century if current fertility rates continue at expected levels, according to United Nations figures unveiled on 3 May.

  • Better access to family planning could slow global warming

    23 November 2010

    A new report from the Worldwatch Institute argues that assuring all women have access to contraception and taking steps to improve women's lives should be among key strategies in the fight against global climate change.

  • Family planning best carbon offset, says charity

    3 December 2009

    Family planning is eight times cheaper as a way of tackling global warming than solar power and four times less costly than wind power, according to the sponsors of a radical new carbon offset initiative.

  • Family planning back on the agenda

    15 November 2009

    In an attempt to refocus world attention on family planning, and its contribution to development, population and environmental problems, over 1,200 leading policy-makers, academics and health professional are meeting in Kampala, Uganda, from 15-18 November. It will be the largest meeting on the topic since the Cairo Conference on Population and Development, 15 years ago, and reflects a new concern about these issues in the light of climate change and the growing pressures on natural resources, including water and food security.

  • Graphic film on survivors of DR Congo conflict

    8 September 2009

    North Kivu, in the eastern corner of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), has been described as one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a woman. Since 1998, as the Congolese army has battled against half a dozen or more rebel militias, five and a half million civilians have been killed and more than half a million women raped in the country. It's a conflict, one estimate claims, now bloodier than any since World War II.

  • World must act now to prevent contraceptive crisis

    18 July 2009

    As the world focuses on the global economic crisis, one of the most trusted, most cost-effective and proven poverty-reduction interventions is in danger of being marginalised and neglected, according to a new report. The measure is contraceptive services.

  • Family planning funding continues to fall

    14 July 2009

    Despite the urgent need for family planning, expenditure on global provision continues to fall, which may make the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) difficult or impossible to achieve.

  • Family planning: myths versus facts

    10 April 2009

    Funding for international family planning programmes in developing countries has declined by 30 per cent since the mid-1990s. Decisions by policymakers and donors to reduce investments in contraceptive services and supplies were based on plausible-sounding-but misguided-arguments, according to a new study.

  • Obama ends Gag Rule and pledges UNFPA funding

    24 January 2009

    President Barack Obama has acted fast to abolish the Global Gag Rule, which has restricted US funding for family planning and reproductive health, and pledged to work to restore a partnership with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) reversing a Bush administration policy which cut off funding.