September 4, 2014

Africa's huge surge in children

Population Media Center -  In 1950, only about a tenth of the world’s children lived in Africa. Within 50 years, that proportion almost doubled, and it is set to double again by the middle of the 21st century, leaving Africa with nearly a billion children younger than 18 years by 2050 - 37% of the worldwide total. By the end of the century, based on present trends, almost half of all children will live in Africa. Two main forces are driving this present rise and projected expansion of Africa’s child population: rapidly rising numbers of births and falling rates of child mortality.

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