Reproductive Health : Features
There are 35 documents in this section.
13 August 2012
In the past 20 years People & the Planet magazine and its website have published thousands of news reports and feature articles. We have also reflected the opinions of some of the world’s most progressive thinkers. Here founder/editor John Rowley selects a few of these thoughts that still resonate today.
16 July 2012
As the dust settles on last week’s London Family Planning Summit it is becoming clear that this event has a good chance of giving a promising new start to the century-long battle to bring informed choice over child-bearing to women everywhere – poor as well as rich.
2 July 2012
A few days ago Rio+20, the global mega-gathering on the planet’s sustainable future, published an outcome document that contains no reference to population or to family planning. (The Vatican, it seems, was driving the consensus.)
14 June 2012
The pace of fertility decline in sub-Saharan Africa will be the single most important factor in whether the global population reaches the UN's high projection of nearly 11 billion in 2050, or remains closer to the low projection of 8 billion. But recent signals from sub Saharan Africa present a mixed picture.
23 January 2012
If forecasters could draw isobars outlining human suffering, then the high pressure zone of human pain would surely be in the failed, and failing states, along the Sahel, and across to Somalia, Yemen and Afghanistan, says Professor Malcolm Potts. This powerful Commentary is a wake-up call for new strategies to avert an environmentally-induced human catastrophe.
26 October 2011
Sir John Sulston, Nobel prize-winning biologist and chair of the Royal Society’s ongoing study into People and the Planet, warns here that population must not be ignored if we are avoid a ‘vast human tragedy'.
24 May 2011
This Commentary, by South East Asia contributing editor Henrylito Tacio, looks at what has happened to the ‘Lost Eden’ of the Philippines - a country where the influential Catholic Church continues to oppose access to modern means of family planning, resulting in high population growth and environmental woes.
3 January 2010
Today, female genital cutting (FGC) affects 130 million girls and women mainly in Africa, Asia and the Middle East, leaving many suffering long-term, physical and psychologial damage. Despite this long-standing traditional practice, beliefs are slowly beginning to change, says Don Hinrichsen, who visited Uganda to report on the work of one remarkable organisation called REACH.
26 November 2009
Improving access to family planning services and promoting sexual equality are a priority in dealing with climate change says Karen Hardee in an editorial for the Britsh Medical Journal, reproduced here.
30 June 2009
More than a decade after the world agreed a progressive agenda on population and development at the 1994 Cairo conference on the subject, today's leaders are waking up to the reality of 15 wasted years.
- Welcome to our Website
- Voices from Planet 21
- Faith leaders lend support to family planning campaign
- Melinda Gates helps family planning make a fresh start
- COMMENTARY: The case for family planning that Rio+20 forgot
- Mixed signals for Africa's population growth
- Maternal deaths halved in 20 years, but faster progress needed
- We must stabilise the human population says Royal Society
- 215 million women still have unmet need for family planning
- COMMENTARY: World must wake up to the coming crisis in the Sahel
- UN calls for more support for family planning
- Demographics loom large in state failure
- More investment in youth needed, as world population tops 7 billion
- COMMENTARY: Overpopulation is too big a problem to ignore
- Population growth in Zambia: a view from the slums