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News ID: 28986
Publish Date: 13:02 - 18 September 2018
TEHRAN, September 18 - Rapid population growth in some of Africa's poorest countries could put at risk future progress towards reducing global poverty and improving health, according to a report by the philanthropic foundation of Bill Gates.

Africa's rapid population growth puts poverty progress at risk, says GatesTEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) - Demographic trends show a billion people have lifted themselves out of poverty in the past 20 years, the report found. But swiftly expanding populations, particularly in parts of Africa, could halt the decline in the number of extremely poor people in the world, and it may even start to rise.

"Population growth in Africa is a challenge," Gates told reporters in a telephone briefing about the report's findings.

It found that poverty in Africa is increasingly concentrated in a few countries, which also have among the fastest-growing populations in the world. By 2050, it projected, more than 40 percent of world's extremely poor people will live in just two countries:

Democratic Republic of the Congo and Nigeria.

Source: Reuters

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