Month: May 2012


Religions and Babies – Hans Rosling does it again

Hans Rosling always manages to make a crowd laugh, whether he is talking about population growth, sexuality, maternal health, or religion. He certainly manages to do so, when combining the topics: religion and fertility. Some have the perception that high fertility rates are more common in certain countries, where certain religions are majority. However, is this a true view of the world? Hans says no. And I agree. Today, most developing countries have low levels of fertility, whether they are Muslim, Christian or dominated by an Eastern religion. See Hans Rosling’s latest TED Talk here, from Doha, Qatar, and learn from his simplistic demonstration of fertility and population growth. He reminds us, that we all have a responsibility to take when planning for a world of 10 billion. But will Hans Rosling’s predictions take place automatically? No. As he points out, it is in the countries with the highest child mortality rate where there is the fastest population growth. It is also in these countries where the world’s highest maternal mortality and morbidity rates exist. …