World Population Day 2014

World Population Day 2014

In our world of 7 billion people, more than half the population is under 30 years old. With a large portion of the population reaching reproductive health age, full access to comprehensive, youth-friendly sexual and reproductive health information and services is more critical than ever. World Population Day 2014 focuses on the reproductive health and family planning needs of young people.

Sexual and reproductive health education can improve health and well-being among young people in the developing world in many ways:

  • Provide the information and education to delay age of pregnancy, which can keep girls in school and reduce the higher risk of maternal death among girls who give birth before 18.
  • Prevent many of the 15 million births among teens each year, 95% of which occur in low- and middle-income countries. Pregnancy and childbirth are the leading causes for these young women.
  • Increase awareness of the harmful effects of female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) and child marriage. Globally, one-third of girls are married before 18.
  • Help reduce the transmission of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections. Approximately 5,000 youth contract HIV each day but less than half use condoms.

USAID is committed to meeting the reproductive health and family planning needs of youth in the developing world. Through the U.S. Government’s Interagency Youth Working Group, implementation of the youth policy [PDF, 1.4MB] that guides our programming, and work with non-governmental organizations and civil society, we strive to integrate youth reproductive and sexual health needs into all of our programs and to empower young people to envision their own futures.

Learn more:

  • Watch the live webcast of a World Population Day panel featuring USAID’s Dr. Ariel Pablos-Méndez on July 10th from 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Follow @USAIDGH and join the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #WorldPopDay.

Last updated: August 13, 2014

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