Population Reference Bureau

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  • Two Winners of 120 Under 40 Are PRB Policy Fellows Alumni

    Among this year’s 40 awardees of the Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health were two PRB training alumni: Allen Kabagenyi from Uganda who was in the 2013/14 cohort of PRB’s flagship Policy Fellows program and Nissily Mushani from Malawi who participated in a PRB country-based policy communication training in 2013.

  • New Studies Probe “Who Smokes and Why” to Bolster U.S. Prevention Efforts

    To better design and target anti-smoking efforts, researchers are examining stress, genes linked to nicotine addiction, and neighborhood/family characteristics to identify who smokes today and why. About 15 percent of U.S. adults now smoke, down from 45 percent in 1965.

  • Family Planning Can Enhance Development Prospects

    Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) is poised to emerge as an important global player, registering impressive economic growth averaging 4.7 percent annually over the last two decades. However, it scores lowest among major world regions in key factors of economic competitiveness and faces growing environmental challenges that inhibit both economic and human development. More than one-third of people living in SSA have no access to improved drinking water, a problem that disproportionately affects women, girls, and those living in rural areas.