Family planning needed to offset population growth

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 22 March 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:606
  1. Peter Moszynski
  1. London

    The world population is projected to rise to at least 9.2 billion in 2050, an increase of 2.5 billion from today's 6.7 billion.

    The largest increase will be in developing countries, according to the latest projections from the United Nations' population division. These projections are based on an assumption that fertility will continue falling in these countries. If fertility stays at current rates, the world population will increase by twice the suggested figure, with the population nearing 12 billion by 2050.

    Thoraya Ahmed Obaid, director of the UN Population Fund, warns that millions of women “still lack access to safe and effective contraceptive services,” insisting …

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