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Democratic Republic of Congo and Madagascar Connect Family Planning With Environmental Health

February 6, 2012 • Family Planning, Daily Email Recap

The Population Reference Bureau informs people around the world about population, health, and the environment, and empowers them to use that information to advance the well-being of current and future generations. Please see this January 2012 article, which reports on population-related efforts by both the World Wildlife Fund and Blue Ventures, a UK-based marine conservation organization dedicated to conservation, education, and sustainable development in tropical coastal communities. See:

http://www.prb.org/Articles/2012/familyplanning-environment-Africa.aspx

Democratic Republic of Congo and Madagascar Connect Family Planning With Environmental Health

by Eric Zuehlke

(January 2012) Remote rural communities in developing countries typically face the related challenges of extreme poverty, poor health, and environmental degradation. And population growth often exacerbates these challenges. In communities that face environmental challenges along with high fertility and high maternal and child mortality, health programs that include family planing can have great benefits for the health and well-being of women and families, with positive influences on the local environment. Meeting the reproductive health needs of women and ensuring environmental sustainability by connecting family planning with environment programs has proven to be a “win-win” strategy. Yet this connection has often been seen as controversial or irrelevant to environmental policymaking.

To read the full article, please click here: http://www.prb.org/Articles/2012/familyplanning-environment-Africa.aspx


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