World Population Day

World Population Day
11 July 2016
On World Population Day, we take a look at our ever-growing planet of people. It may seem a little strange to denote a specific day to our planet’s population, especially when you consider that we’re all living out our days on the same planet.

But there’s good reason for it, as the United Nations Development Programme outlines: “World Population Day is a day to focus on the urgency and importance of population issues.”

World Population Statistics

So what does the world population look like right now? Well, in 2011, the world’s population hit the mammoth seven billion mark and a quick look at this ticking over table will give you a little idea of just how quickly our world is growing. China currently boasts the highest number of people, population-wise, with more than one billion calling the country home. China is closely followed by India, while South Africa rolls into the statistics table with just over 53 million people.

Global Birth and Death Rates

Of course, just as more and more people are born each day, people die each day. The global mortality rate, also known as the crude death rate, as recorded in 2014, sits at 7.89 per 1,000 people. Our crude global birth rate, on the other hand is currently listed at 19 per 1000 people. That means, globally, more people are being born than are dying, meaning we’re putting incredible strain on our planet’s natural and man-made resources.

Global Health

Public and private healthcare systems that need to care for and sustain a growing population often need to create and implement effective care programmes that can answer the call for increased rates of service. One of the most important healthcare programmes rolled out across countries and regions, centre on large-scale vaccination or immunization drives, enabling people to avoid contracting life-threatening diseases. Often led and paid for by public health programmes, these drives aim to not only improve global health, but prevent a wide range of illnesses and diseases. For example, the World Health Organisation highlights here that “Immunization averts an estimated 2 to 3 million deaths every year from diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), and measles. Global vaccination coverage—the proportion of the world’s children who receive recommended vaccines—has remained steady for the past few years.” That said, “an estimated 18.7 million infants worldwide are still missing out on basic vaccines” and that’s why a Global Vaccine Action Plan has been created, with implementation programmes seeking to close this immunization gap and ensure better health for all of the world’s seven billion and more citizens.

Investing in Teenage Girls

This year’s World Population Day focuses on “investing in teenage girls” in an effort to improve the health and wellbeing of an often marginalized group. As the United Nations Population Fund outlines: “teenage girls around the world face enormous challenges. Many are considered by their communities or parents to be ready for marriage and motherhood. Many are forced from school, damaging their future prospects. Even among girls who stay in school, access to basic information about their health, human rights and reproductive rights can be hard to come by, leaving them vulnerable to illness, injury and exploitation. These challenges are exacerbated among marginalized girls, such as members of ethnic minorities or those living in poverty or remote areas. Yet, when teenage girls are empowered, when they know about their rights and are given the tools to succeed, they become agents of positive change in their communities.”

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