Connecting Family Planning, Rights and the Environment for Planetary Health

© Ben Honey, Blue Ventures

Reproductive Health Is Planetary Health

  1. Population: The United Nations’ report World Population Prospects: The 2017 Revision projects world population to reach 8.6 billion by 2030, 9.8 billion by 2050 and 11.2 billion by 2100. PHE projects, however, do not actually act in any direct way on population. Rather an expected outcome of their activities is healthier populations that are less likely to grow rapidly through high fertility that results from unintended pregnancy and that are better able to engage in sustainable use of natural resources.
  2. Health: access to healthcare, including (but not restricted to) voluntary family planning services, is especially critical for women, and helping assure this is an essential activity of PHE projects. In developing countries, an estimated 214 million married women want to avoid pregnancy but are not using a modern contraceptive method. Unknown numbers of other women worldwide are at risk of pregnancies and births they would prefer to occur later or not at all. Meeting their needs and reducing the rate of maternal and child mortality should be a global priority.
  3. Environment: The world is facing incredibly serious natural resource and environmental challenges caused by human pressure. Often the best solutions to environmental problems are local and based on traditional knowledge. PHE initiatives include efforts to support communities to manage natural resources sustainably, and protect the ecosystems upon which their well-being depends.
© Garth Cripps, Blue Ventures

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