Field Notes: A Whirlwind of Fall Activities

The field team training Global Health Initiative student group at Ohio State University.  As our field team crisscrosses the country this fall, we are meeting some extraordinary people who are making a difference for family planning. We’re finding these people at film screenings, talks, and student groups everywhere from Arizona to New Hampshire and places […]

How Small Fertility Changes Can Make Big Impacts on Population Growth

The graph above shows population projections based on three different fertility assumptions. The medium-fertility variant is the median of thousands of projections that the United Nations Population Division calculates in their biannual revisions. The high-fertility variant assumes a fertility rate of 0.5 children more for each country; the low-fertility variant assumes a fertility rate of […]

How (and When) India Will Overtake China In Total Population

China and India have the world’s largest populations, respectively. Together, they make up 37% of the world’s total population. China has held the title as the world’s largest country for all of recorded population history, but that is soon to change. India is projected to overtake China as the world’s largest country in 2022. China’s […]

Contraception Helps Women, the Planet, and Gorillas Too

April 22, 2015 Ninety-eight percent of our DNA is not the only thing we humans share with gorillas. Our eerily-similar genetic makeup means we also share certain habitats and infectious diseases—two overlaps that have proven especially fatal for our furry relatives. Thankfully, there’s a solution, and it’s something that both gorillas and humans can greatly […]

Social Justice Requires Family Planning

What do poverty elimination, gender equality, and educational and health equity have in common? None of them can be fully realized until everyone around the world has the ability to plan their pregnancies. In other words, social justice requires universal access to family planning. And what better time to reflect on this crucial link than […]

Let's Combat Teen Pregnancy with Truth, Not Scare Tactics

May 15, 2015 May is National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month, but Colorado lawmakers didn’t seem to get the memo. On April 30, Republicans in the Colorado State Senate refused to fund an award-winning family planning program that sparked a staggering 40 percent drop in the state’s teen pregnancy rate. This initiative, which provided over 30,000 […]

How The Under-Five Mortality Rate Has Changed Life Expectancy

Under-five mortality (the probability of dying between birth and age five) has much bearing on a country’s life expectancy. In places where child mortality rates are very high, life expectancy is dragged down dramatically from what it would be if measured for survivors of early childhood. For example, in the least developed countries, life expectancy […]

In São Paulo, Access to Free Birth Control Echoes Inequality

Free condom dispensers in São Paulo. Photos by Sydney Speizman.  The first time I came across a bin of preservativos gratuitos sitting on the sidewalk in downtown São Paulo, I was taken aback. I couldn’t believe that free condoms were not only available but openly promoted in a notoriously Catholic-dominated society. I wrote the sighting off […]

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