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Alfred Lotka, Mathematical Demographer

March 2000: Article Alfred J. Lotka's work on the mathematics of stable populations was "the greatest single contribution to population theory."

Family Planning in West Africa

March 2008: Article For many years, donors and governments focused attention on family planning in West Africa to both improve maternal and child health and enhance economic development. However, as fighting HIV/AIDS became a priority in the region, family planning received much less attention.

Zero Tolerance to FGM/C: A Day for Reflection

February 2014: Article Feb. 6 is the International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C).

How People in India Really Live

December 2008: Article Most houses in India are constructed of mud and have dirt floors and very few households have computers or cars.

Solutions to Reducing Vaccine-Preventable Childhood Diseases

June 2015: Article Four diseases--diphtheria, measles, pertussis (whooping cough), and tetanus--were responsible for an estimated 218,400 deaths worldwide in 2013, yet just two combination vaccines, DTP and MCV, can protect children from these diseases.

Back to the Future: Guy Irving Burch and the (Surprisingly Modern) Demographic World of the 1930s

December 2005: Article After a 50-year post-World War II interlude, we have gone back in many respects to the trends and dynamics that marked the world of PRB's founder.

Climate Change Impacts and Emerging Population Trends: A Recipe for Disaster?

October 2001: Article More sizzling summers. Rising sea levels. Increasingly violent storms and floods. These are just a few of the many potential impacts of climate change projected by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Striving for Sustainability at 10 Billion: The 2016 World Population Data Sheet

September 2016: Article PRB's Jeff Jordan & Peter Goldstein discuss highlights from the 2016 World Population Data Sheet.

The Changing Demography of U.S. Flight Attendants

June 2009: Article Flight attendants have become older compared with the overall U.S. workforce over the last several decades. The ongoing economic crisis suggests that the population of flight attendants will age even more in the coming years as many workers are likely to postpone their retirement.

Ethiopia Makes Progress Toward a Demographic Dividend

December 2015: Article Over the last two decades, Ethiopia has experienced an impressive decline in fertility, enjoyed strong economic growth, and made great strides in poverty reduction.

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