Poor Countries Losing Out on Family Planning Benefits

January 11, 2009 • News

Thanks to Tony Aykroyd for bringing this World Bank statement quoting Joy Phumaphi to my attention.

The summary below mentions the need to achieve “sustainable population growth.” The author of those words may not realize that the rate of growth that is sustainable is zero.

A new World Bank discussion paper warns that poor countries, wealthy donors, and aid agencies are losing sight of the value that contraception, family planning, and other reproductive health programs add to the development process.

The paper argues that such programs help boost economic growth and reduce the high birth rates that are strongly linked to endemic poverty, poor education, and high numbers of maternal and infant deaths.

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