After years of policies limiting births of girls and favoring sons, China and India face decades of work addressing the effects of their male-heavy generations. In those 2 countries, men outnumber women by 70 million—distorting the economy and paralleling an uptick in…

The world holds an estimated 7.5 billion+ people today; by 2100, that number is expected to rise to 11 billion, with the fastest growth in Africa and Asia. In June, the UN will publish new projections.

Amid all the woes in the world, Bill and Melinda Gates hang on to hope. For their annual letter, they explain why—and tackle the 10 hardest questions they get.Highlights:#1: Why don’t you give more in the US? Melinda: “We don’t compare different people’s…

For women in Pakistan, son preference increasingly influences parity progression and contraception choices, though research on the topic is slim.

Moving to the West Coast 9 years ago made a big impact on Michele Barry’s thinking about global health. Working in Silicon Valley and at Stanford University, she’s learned a lot about the importance of human-centered design. “I think you need to bring the community and all…

Last year Armenia banned sex-selective abortions, but its preference for baby boys is leading to scores of aborted girls.   Armenia has the world’s 3rd-highest rate of sex-selective abortions. 114 Armenian boys were born for every 100 girls from 2012 to 2013, compared to…

A new census in Pakistan counts 207.7 million people—a 57% increase since 1998, vaulting the nation over Brazil and making it the world’s 5th-most-populous country.   With 22 births per 1,000 people and less than a third of women using any form of birth control, Pakistan…

Food scarcity in drought-stricken Central America is at the root of mass migrations to the US, a report released by several global aid groups said this week.   About half of families surveyed in Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala faced food insecurity—when supplies are…

United around the goal of expanding contraceptive access for women and girls in the world’s poorest countries, family planning leaders convene today in London. The meeting—co-hosted by the UK Government, the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and the Bill & Melinda Gates…

To those of us who knew Babatunde Osotimehin, MD, he was simply “Prof.” Yes, he had many distinguished titles in his career. At the time of his death, Babatunde was the 4th executive director of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and the under-secretary-general of the UN. He…