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Meeting the Need, Fulfilling the Promise: Youth and Long-Acting Reversible Contraceptives

September 2016: Report The highest proportion of young people today—89 percent—live in developing countries. In some sub-Saharan African countries, where fertility remains high, we can expect growing cohorts of children and youth, unless their fertility needs can be met. This brief discusses the advantages and challenges of providing Long-Acting Reversible Contraceptives (LARCs) to youth, provides case studies from Ethiopia and Madagascar and outlines actions for policymakers and donors to make youth access to LARCs a reality.

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.

Population and Gender in the MENA: Reflections From PRB’s Farzaneh Roudi

September 2016: Article Farzaneh Roudi, who recently retired from PRB, started our Middle East and North Africa (MENA) program in 2001. In a Q and A, Roudi talks about her experiences working on population and gender in the MENA region and her reflections on current trends.

PRB in the News - 2015

August 2016: Article A selected list of PRB's recent media coverage from 2015.

2016 World Population Data Sheet

August 2016: Datasheet PRB estimates the current world population at 7.4 billion and projects an increase to 8.5 billion in 2030 and 9.9 billion in 2050. Explore population, health, and environment data on the Data Sheet’s interactive digital site.

Changing U.S. Family Patterns Pose Policy Challenges

August 2016: Report A new Population Reference Bureau (PRB) report, “Understanding the Dynamics of Family Change in the United States,” discusses how changes in marriage, divorce, cohabitation, and nonmarital childbearing have transformed family life in the United States.

Women's Edition

July 2016: Article

Young People Are Asia’s Key to Curbing the Rise of Noncommunicable Diseases

July 2016: Datasheet Asia has an opportunity to curb a rising noncommunicable disease (NCD) epidemic by addressing NCD risk factors among young people, according to a new set of PRB publications.

Interventions to Address the Economic Causes and Consequences of HIV/AIDS

July 2016: Report Although much progress has been made, 37 million people in the world were living with HIV/AIDS at the end of 2014. Evidence generated over the past 10 years from the PopPov Research Initiative and other findings from sub-Saharan Africa provide insights on the connections between HIV and household and national economics. This policy brief highlights research on financial and educational interventions that can help reduce new HIV infections.

What is the World's Population on World Population Day?

July 2016: Article The theme of this year’s World Population Day, as designated by the United Nations, is "investing in teenage girls"—a theme that runs through much of the work done by PRB. We collaborate with a variety of partners in the United States and globally to communicate data and evidence to show that empowered and educated girls and women have a better chance of leading healthy, productive lives. Check out some examples from the past year.

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