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RFPD Reporting from the 2019 RI Convention in Hamburg
Over 25,000 Rotarians from around the world met in Hamburg this year for the Rotary International Convention 2019. RFPD kicked off the week of events with a pre-convention summit on maternal and child health (MCH) on Friday, May 31st. Moderated by RFPD board member and Population Council Director of Country Strategy, John Townsend, the summit’s program was filled with world-class speakers with eclectic backgrounds. Director...
Time to Teach: World Population Day
Founded in 1989, World Population Day is now 30 years old. We have added 2.5 billion people to the planet since then. And, we are still increasing rapidly in size. Global population grows by 1.5 million people each week. This year's World Population Day, coming up on July 11th, calls for global attention to the unfinished business of the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD). In Population...
Progress in Modern Contraceptive Prevalence
In The Lancet Global Health, Saifuddin Ahmed and colleagues1 present the findings from their study in which they assessed the progress in modern contraceptive prevalence rates since the 2012 London Summit on Family Planning in some sub-Saharan African countries. This programme was launched by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the UK government, and other partners and laid the foundations for the Family Planning 2020...
Tackling Climate Change through Family Planning
Climate change is now more present as a collective societal challenge than ever before. In a June speech to global energy leaders Pope Francis declared a “climate emergency”. In the context of the “Fridays for Future” demonstrations millions of young people are mobilizing for climate change awareness and to demand action preventing further global warming. In countless newspaper articles and television reports a...
Child & Maternal Mortality
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