Definition: This entry gives a figure for the average number of children that would be born per woman if all women lived to the end of their childbearing years and bore children according to a given fertility rate at each age. The total fertility rate (TFR) is a more direct measure of the level of fertility than the crude birth rate, since it refers to births per woman. This indicator shows the potential for population change in the country. A rate of two children per woman is considered the replacement rate for a population, resulting in relative stability in terms of total numbers. Rates above two children indicate populations growing in size and whose median age is declining. Higher rates may also indicate difficulties for families, in some situations, to feed and educate their children and for women to enter the labor force. Rates below two children indicate populations decreasing in size and growing older. Global fertility rates are in general decline and this trend is most pronounced in industrialized countries, especially Western Europe, where populations are projected to decline dramatically over the next 50 years.
Source: CIA World Factbook - Unless otherwise noted, information in this page is accurate as of January 1, 2012See also: Total fertility rate map
Report Shows Widespread Mistreatment by Health Workers During Childbirth
MSN - 7/1/2015 5:30:11 AM
Bohren, a research consultant at the World ... countries, about a third of women give birth without what experts call a skilled birth attendant, meaning someone with medical training like a professional midwife, doctor or nurse. The maternal death rate ...
Cuba First Country to Eradicate Mother-to-Child HIV Transmission: WHO
The New Indian Express - 7/1/2015 3:21:20 AM
HAVANA: Cuba on Tuesday became the first country in the world to eradicate the transmission of HIV and ... which can result in early fetal loss and stillbirth, neonatal death, low-birth-weight infants and serious neonatal infections. Thanks to Cuba's ...
Warning Bell for Developed Countries: Declining Birth Rates
Forbes - 4/20/2012 9:57:30 AM
The replacement rate–the reproduction rate that keeps a population stable–for developed countries is 2.1, yet nearly half the world s population has birth rates lower than that. The U.S. has a total fertility rate (TFR) of 2.0–nearly the replacement ...
Total Fertility Rates of Adherents of Other Religions, by Country
The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life Project - 4/1/2015 11:53:06 PM
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Current Affairs: Cuba became first country to eradicate mother-to-child HIV transmission: WHO
PrepSure - 7/1/2015 11:56:44 AM
Cuba on June 30, 2015 became the first country in the world to eradicate the transmission of HIV and ... Cuba succeeded in lowering the HIV transmission rate to 1.85 percent, below the 2 percent target rate countries in the region in conjunction with ...
Italy is a 'dying country' says minister as birth rate plummets
theguardian.com - 2/13/2015 12:35:43 AM
The number of babies born to both natives and foreigners living in Italy dropped as immigration, which used to support the overall birth rate, tumbled to its lowest ... added the minister. Developed countries the world over are counting the costs of ...
Slumping Fertility Rates in Developing Countries Spark Labor Worries
Wall Street Journal - 3/18/2014 11:58:46 PM
BAAN TAM TA KEM, Thailand—Slumping fertility rates aren't just a problem for wealthy countries anymore. Birthrates have fallen in Thailand in recent years, making it one of the poorest countries facing the prospect of shrinking labor pools and an aging ...
How the Millennium Development Goals failed the world’s poorest children
THE CONVERSATION - 7/1/2015 1:05:20 AM
The most marginalised children in some of the world’s poorest countries may actually have been left behind ... has reduced by 41% and there has been a 53% reduction in the global mortality rate for children younger than five years old.
WHAT'S UP DOC? Education, access key to reducing death rates of mothers and babies
Patriot Ledger - 6/30/2015 5:05:43 PM
For reference, the United States’ rate is 6 per 1,000, ranking 55th among 224 countries where World Factbook data was reported ... WHO notes that most birth complications can be prevented or managed if women have access to a skilled birth attendant ...
The Latest: Greek unemployment rate remains above 25 percent
The Grand Island Independent - 6/30/2015 4:19:47 AM
Eurostat, the European Union's statistics agency ... open about 1,000 bank branches across the country for three days from Wednesday to allow pensioners without bank cards to make withdrawals — but for a total of just 120 euros ($134) for the week.
How low fertility rates, demographic change affect Europe
Technician Online - 1/11/2015 11:30:28 AM
the total fertility rate has fallen more than 50 percent, to 1.48 children per female, which is one of the world’s lowest birth rate. The low birth rate and the rapid aging of population threaten the labor force and the economy. Countries such as Spain ...
U.S. now the world’s second-largest Spanish-speaking nation
Houston Chronicle - 6/30/2015 11:10:48 PM
The United States boasts the world’s second ... higher reproductive rates and the steady influx of Spanish-speaking immigrants to the United States. In total, there are almost 53 million Spanish speakers in this country of about 320 million.
World population to peak by 2055: report
CNBC - 9/9/2013 11:52:03 AM
The world population will peak at 8.7 billion people in ... South Korea and Brazil now have the largest declines in fertility. He argued that poorer countries needed a higher total fertility rate (TFR) -- the average number of live births per woman over ...
Why Elvis should have been fired after 2014 World Cup
Ghana Web - 6/30/2015 8:11:50 PM
Let me quickly state that it is not all doom and gloom in the report, because there were actually some very good recommendations on how best to manage the sport of football in this country from a ... delayed ahead of the 2014 World Cup?
Korea's Total Fertility Rate Still Near the Bottom of the World
CHOSUNILBO - 11/17/2011 12:44:01 AM
Korea's total fertility rate ranks 217th among 222 countries this year with a mere 1.23 babies per woman, according to the 2011 CIA World Factbook quoted by the Korea Development Institute on Wednesday. The fertility rate is the average number of children ...