Zim Women Urged to Stop Using Contraceptives

Zimbabwe's registrar general, Tobaiwa Mudede, has advised the country's women to stop using contraceptives.

Speaking at the Africa Day celebration on 25 May 2014 in the country’s capital Harare, Mudede described the promotion of birth control measures as a ‘ploy’ by western nations to retard population growth in Africa.

He further added that the use of these contraceptives made women more vulnerable to the risk of developing cancer, and should be stopped.

Fewer Births in South Africa - Survey

The South African Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR) says that childbirths as a proportion of the total South African population are at a record low for the first time in more than two decades.

In a press statement, SAIRR researcher, Thuthukani Ndebele, points out that, "Women are choosing to delay childbirth and ultimately have fewer children, so that the number of babies born per 1 000 people in a given year is shrinking."

Cities Not Keeping With Demand for Basic Toilets

Katrina Charles says that over the last 15 years, 68 million people gained access to improved sanitation in urban areas in sub-Saharan Africa.

Charles, who describes this as a big achievement, says in the same period the urban population grew by an estimated 167 million, leaving an additional 99 million urban dwellers without access to improved sanitation.

SA at Risk But Not in Crisis

South Africa does not face a crisis despite high crime, unemployment and inequality, though weak growth and poor governance have made it more likely things could go badly wrong, according to a new paper from the Institute for Security Studies (ISS).

‘The margin for error is thin, but there is still reason to be optimistic,’ says ISS executive director, Jakkie Cilliers, who has revised his South Africa Futures scenarios to take account of electricity shortages, 2014 election results, new population figures and incoherent government policy.

SA Urged to Curb Youth Mortality

Deputy director-general of Population and Social Statistics, Kefiloe Masiteng, says health awareness programmes are needed in order to decrease youth mortality in the country.

Masiteng, whose comments follow Statistics South Africa’s report on morbidity and mortality among the youth of our country for 2013, says more young people are dying of HIV and Tuberculosis.

The report also shows that more young people’s deaths are violence related and more males are dying of unnatural deaths including stab wounds and gunshots.

Demography and Populations Studies: Pre-Doctoral Internships

The Demography and Populations Studies (DPS) Programme at the University of the Witwatersrand is an academic programme at Honours-Masters and PhD level, with a strong population and reproductive health research orientation, that involves active regional and international academic partnerships, is networked effectively nationally and regionally, and responds to critical population, health and social issues confronting South and sub-Saharan Africa.

The Benefits of Ethical Review in African Research

In 2013, Creative Consulting & Development Works was appointed by an international donor to evaluate the achievements and impact of ethics activities employed in 75 ethics programmes across sub-Saharan Africa. The evaluation led to a deeper look at the impact of clinical trials in developing countries and the ethics behind such medical trials and their implementation.

International Organisation for Migration: Consultant - Malaria & Population Mobility Assessment

The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) is an inter-governmental organisation that works with governments to ensure the orderly and humane management of migration for the benefit of all.  IOM addresses the migratory phenomenon from an integral and holistic perspective, including links to development in order to maximise its benefits and minimise its negative effects.

South African Population on the Increase

Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) says that South Africa’s population has increased by more than one million people since the 2011 census.
In a press statement, statistician general, Pali Leholhla, says according to its mid-year estimate, the country now has a population of 52.98 million people.
Lehohla explains that the total number of people living with HIV is estimated at approximately 5.26 million this year. He says that for adults aged 15-49 years, an estimated 15.9 percent of the population is HIV-positive.

Africa Urged to Invest in Food Production

According to Accenture South Africa, food production in sub-Saharan Africa must rise by 50 percent to feed an estimated population of 1.3 billion by 2030.

Managing director of strategy and sustainability at Accenture South Africa, Grant Hatch, points out that investment of about US$93 billion a year is needed to develop the infrastructure required to support the region’s agricultural sector.


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