World faces drastic fall in fertility rate: Lancet study

The research has found that by 2100, 97% of all countries will have a total fertility rate of lower than 2.1 births per woman

A lab technician puts fertilised egg under the microscope at a fertility laboratory. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)

The world is facing a stark demographic divide as fertility rates plummet for most countries but remain high across sub-Saharan Africa, dramatically reshaping the global population landscape by the end of the century, according to a new study, among the largest such new forecasts.

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