Posts about Population news and research

Population Milestone – Seven Billion People

Sometime on October 31st, the world’s population will reach seven billion people. Elizabeth Kolbert comments on this milestone in the October 24 , 2011 issue of the New Yorker magazine:

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Special Population issue of Science

Yan Fu points out that the 19 July issue of the AAAS online magazine carries a series of articles and media exploring the challenges and opportunities created by demographic changes around the world.

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What are the health information needs of key audiences?

The Knowledge for Health (K4Health) project recently conducted a qualitative assessment of health information needs in Uttar Pradesh, India. The assessment was designed to inform stakeholders on the relative strengths and weaknesses of the health information system in the state and to identify priority issues and suggest potential solutions.

K4Health Needs Assessments focus on family planning and reproductive health and other health information needs, and are based on a continuous feedback principle that ensures audience demand for health information is routinely gauged and met. There are three components of the needs assessment: an environment scan, a global online survey, and a multi-country qualitative study conducted in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

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World Bank provides free access to data

The World Bank announced yesterday that it is providing free and open access to its data, including the World Development Indicators database, at

From the World Bank announcement:

Recognizing that transparency and accountability are essential to development, the World Bank Group now provides free, open, and easy access to its comprehensive set of data on living standards around the globe—some 2,000 indicators, including hundreds that go back 50 years. The data is available in Arabic, French, and Spanish in addition to English.

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New blog: All Things Census

All Things Census is a new blog from the Pew Research Center dedicated to “census methodology, findings and resources.”

The 2010 Census kicks off next week in a remote village in Alaska, but most Americans will receive their Census forms in March.

APLIC will present a session on the 2010 Census at our annual conference in April.

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US AIDS initiative and population growth in Africa

Researchers say that US AIDS initiatives under the Bush administration, which prohibited the promotion of contraception, have contributed to population growth in Africa, according to a McClatchy News Service story.

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