Apr 12, 2011

Uganda's Population to Increase Exponentially by 2050

AUTHOR:Eye on EarthSOURCE:Worldwatch Institute

According to the Population Reference Bureau (PRB), Uganda will have one of the largest global increases in population in the next few decades. The population is projected to increase exponentially from its current total of [32, 709, 865] (noted as 27.7 million at time of article's publishing) to 130 million, by 2050. The world average growth rate is 1.2 percent while Uganda's is 3.1 percent.

This massive growth rate is accredited to the Ugandan government's “lack of commitment” to family planning. PRB's studies note that only 20 % of married Ugandan women of reproductive age have access to contraception. The birth rate in Uganda is 6.9, a sharp departure from the global average of 2.7. Cultural perceptions come into play; President Yoweri Museveni has called the huge increase “a great resource”, although experts say the projected numbers are unsustainable.

In light of these facts, it becomes clear how relevant and important Life for Mother's work is. While directly lowering maternal and neonatal mortality is our foremost goal, we see family planning as the only way to ensure mothers' health over the long run; by helping women avoid pregnancies they neither want nor can afford, we hope to see birth rates reach sustainable levels and see mothers that are able to fully care for their wanted children.

For more information, click on the following:

http://www.worldwatch.org/node/4525

Full-length 2009 Population Refernce Bureau report on Uganda


Did you know?

Children who have lost their mothers are up to 10 times more likely to die prematurely than those who have not.

Source:United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), 2010


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