Asia and around the globe, Afghanistan has seen its fertility rate drop. "The average number of children Afghan women can expect to have in their lifetime fell from 8 in the 1990s to 6.3 in the mid-2000s and to 5.1 at the end of the decade," suggests a USA TODAY analysis of the country's birth data.
New emphasis on health care and education have contributed to the decline in the birthrate. The country's infant mortality rates have also plunged.
Photo of Afghan baby delivered by Caesarean section, courtesy of DVIDSHUB and Wikimedia Commons.