The Health Policy Project has ended, but work continues under a new USAID five-year project, Health Policy Plus (HP+).
Author(s): Health Policy Project
Primary Language: English
Investment in family planning improves health outcomes, shapes a country’s demographic path, and strengthens the impact of other development initiatives in youth employment, education, training, and health. One potential benefit of family planning investment is the demographic dividend, a boost in economic growth and productivity that can raise incomes and allow families and governments to improve the health, education, and well-being of future generations. Age structure is the critical factor in opening the window of opportunity for population change necessary to achieve the demographic dividend. This Health Policy Project webpage, http://www.healthpolicyproject.com/index.cfm?id=DemDivWebApp, shows animated population age structures in countries with high fertility rates between 1980 and 2040. Users can compare countries to each other and also see how a country's age structure will be different in the future based on a low- or high-fertility scenario.