In its new data report, DSW estimates the total number of people in the world at 7.9 billion for 2021.
This was stated in a new report published on Monday by the German Foundation for World Population (DSW) in Hannover. The reason for this was the low birth rate. The ratio has decreased from 3.2 children per woman in 1990 to an average of 2.3 children per woman today, the foundation announced. Values vary greatly between countries.
Modern contraceptives can further slow growth
Sub-Saharan African countries, for example, currently have the highest birth rate in the world at 4.7. In contrast, it averages 1.8 in high-income countries. Experts said there is a particular problem in countries that lack modern contraceptives and have many teenage pregnancies. In their new data report, they estimate the total number of people in the world to be around 7.9 billion in 2021.
The foundation called for an intensification of the international fight against unwanted teenage pregnancies. “Because of early pregnancy, thousands of girls fall into a cycle of poverty each year,” explained Managing Director Jan Kreutzberg.
Development aid and the right to self-determination
In sub-Saharan Africa, 16 percent of births are due to teenage pregnancy. Kreutzberg added that about half of women who want to avoid pregnancy do not have access to contraception. But if young people cannot choose to have children, they are deprived of the right to self-determination.
DSW is a development aid organization. According to her own information, she primarily focuses on the areas of health, family planning and equality. One of their primary goals is to help young people make “self-determination decisions” about their sexuality and contraception. It collaborates with another organization called the World Population Bureau, both of which jointly publish data and reports on a regular basis.
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