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Advance Family Planning (AFP) tracks media coverage of significant family planning policy and program developments. Find links to news and opinion articles here, along with video commentary and interactive tools to convey the facts and realities of increasing access to quality contraceptive information, services and supplies.

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December 31, 2010
The population of the world, long expected to stabilize just above 9 billion in the middle of the century, will instead keep growing and may hit 10.1 billion by the year 2100, the United Nations projected in a report released Tuesday. Growth in Africa remains so high that the population there could more than triple in this century, rising from today's one billion to 3.6 billion, the report said - a sobering forecast for a continent already struggling to provide food and water for its people.
Source: New York Times
December 31, 2010
The UN now predicts that the human population of the planet will most likely reach 10 billion people by the year 2050. The new projections offer an opportunity to move beyond the flawed framework of population control and towards global activism on behalf of women.
Source: The Atlantic Blog
December 31, 2010
Following a press conference in Tanzania on the FP funding issue, HDT and partners issued a press statement praising the government for its action to increase FP funding from its own funds. A similar letter was also sent to the Minister of Health & Social Welfare.
Source: The Coalition of Tanzanian Non-Governmental Organizations
December 31, 2010
On March 11, 2011, the Ugandan Ministry of Health announced new guidelines for providing women greater access to contraceptive injectables. This policy shift will increase access to injectable contraceptives through community-based distribution.
Source: fhi360
December 31, 2010
After a half-century of forming new states from former colonies and from the breakup of the Soviet Union, the international community is today faced with the opposite situation: the disintegration of states. The most systematic ongoing effort to analyze countries' vulnerability to failure is one undertaken by the Fund for Peace and published in each July/August issue ofForeign Policy. The research team analyzes 177 countries and ranks them according to "their vulnerability to violent internal conflict and societal deterioration," based on 12 social, economic, and political indicators.
Source: Earth Policy Institute
December 31, 2010
Tewodros Melesse has come a long way from his humble beginnings in an Ethiopian village. Today, he is the Director General of the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), the world's largest non-governmental organization (NGO) that focuses on sexual and reproductive health and rights in 173 countries worldwide. Melesse now wants to develop IPPF's national member associations as centers of excellence and enable civil society to thrive in areas where governments cannot go, delivering services to the marginalized.
Source: The Lance
December 31, 2009
The World Bank's $130m (about sh260b) loan for improvement of health infrastructure was given on the condition that Uganda prioritizes maternal health, with at least $30m (sh60m) of the loan to go to maternal and reproductive health.
Source: New Vision
December 31, 2009
An increase of 32.5 million people over the last 10 years could indicate a population boom, says an expert, on the heels of a presidential announcement of the preliminary results of the nation's latest census.
Source: The Jakarta Post
December 31, 2009
A woman needing help would do better in India than in Baltimore.
Source: The Baltimore Sun
December 31, 2009
Despite scoring some notable successes, funding shortfalls and a sapping of political will are stymying progress towards attaining the health MDGs in Africa.
Source: The Lancet Volume 376, Issue 9745
December 31, 2009
Family planning has long been a missing - and underfunded - link in the effort to overcome global poverty. Half a century after the pill, it's time to make it a priority and treat it as a basic human right for men and women alike around the world. Personal Author: Kristof, Nicholas D.
Source: The New York Times
December 31, 2009
Making maternal health a priority in order to reduce maternal mortality.
Source: Melinda Gates
December 31, 2009
To modernize, Uganda must start aggressively promoting and funding family planning services.
Source: The Observer


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