WHGI Director Jose “Oying” Rimon Quoted on Falling Birthrates in New Wall Street Journal Article

May 17, 2024

Jose “Oying” Rimon, Director of the William H. Gates Sr. Institute for Population and Reproductive Health, was recently quoted in an article from the Wall Street Journal titled, “Suddenly There Aren’t Enough Babies. The Whole World Is Alarmed.” The article explores the social, economic, and geopolitical consequences of falling birthrates across countries. 

In the past, Sub-Saharan Africa was predicted to be resistant to falling global fertility; this now appears to be changing. Rimon credits this to a push by national leaders in Africa which, he predicted, would drive fertility down faster than the U.N. projects. 

Fertility is falling globally, for women across all levels of income, education, and labor-force participation. The share of all women of reproductive age using modern contraception grew from 17% in 2012 to 23% in 2022, according to Family Planning 2030. 

“The falling birthrates come with huge implications for the way people live, how economies grow and the standings of the world’s superpowers.”

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