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2011 International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting

February 2011: Article Feb. 6, 2011, marks the ninth International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting. Increasingly, media, NGOs, and community leaders are speaking out against this harmful traditional practice. The flow of information is critical to this effort.

PRB Discuss Online: Have Reproductive Health Voucher Programs Improved Equity, Efficiency, and Impact?

January 2011: Article In a PRB Discuss Online, Ben Bellows, associate with the Population Council and co-author of "The Use of Vouchers for Reproductive Health Services in Developing Countries: Systematic Review," answered questions from participants about program design and performance for reproductive health vouchers. Read a transcript of the questions and answers.

More U.S. Scientists and Engineers Are Foreign-Born

January 2011: Article Vanderbilt University professor Mariano Sana reported that the ratio of foreign-born to U.S.-born scientists and engineers doubled in little more than a decade.

U.S. Women Delay Marriage and Children for College

January 2011: Article While women may delay marriage and children to pursue a degree, women with at least a bachelor's degree are actually more likely to get married than women with less education and are more likely to wait until marriage to start a family.

World Population Aging: Clocks Illustrate Growth in Population Under Age 5 and Over Age 65

January 2011: Article Very low birth rates in developed countries, coupled with birth rate declines in most developing countries, are projected to increase the population ages 65 and over to the point in 2050 when it will be 2.5 times that of the population ages 0-4.

PRB Discuss Online: Latinos in the United States in 2010

January 2011: Article In a PRB Discuss Online, Rogelio Saenz, professor of sociology at Texas A&M University and author of the Population Bulletin Update, answered questions from participants about Latinos in the United States. Read a transcript of the questions and answers.

Disaster Risk and Vulnerability: The Role and Impact of Population and Society

January 2011: Article Increasing disaster threats on the national and global landscapes are not only a reflection of the onset of hazard events but also of the changing demographic and socioeconomic characteristics of the population.

Which Types of Disasters Are the Deadliest in the U.S.? The Answer Is Surprising

January 2011: Article Mortality remains one of the major outcomes related to natural disasters, and a recent study on which types of disasters are the deadliest has yielded interesting results. University of South Carolina researchers Kevin Borden and Susan Cutter found that, somewhat surprisingly, heat or drought was the deadliest natural hazard.

Web Forum: Natural Disasters and Population Impacts

December 2010: Article This "PRB Web Forum: Natural Disasters and Population Impacts" offers discussions, seminars, articles, and interviews with leading experts who are researching the links between natural disasters and populations.

Fertility and Infant Mortality Declines in Tanzania

December 2010: Article Results from the Tanzania 2010 demographic and health survey (DHS) show considerable improvement in infant and child mortality and a modest decline in fertility. Some maternal health indicators show progress as well.

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