CHAT's Family Planning & Environmental Initiative

Oct 24, 2011

"Seven Billion and Counting"

Samburu Woman Receiving Long-Term Contraception
Samburu Woman Receiving Long-Term Contraception

Hello to all of our generous donors-

I have chosen to name this report after an article written in the Financial Times last week. As I am sure some of you have read in various papers, October is the month in which the seven billionth citizen will be born into this world. This child seems to have spurred conversation and thought about just how many people the world can hold, and hold healthily. John Bonagaart is a vice-president of the Population Council, quoted often in the Times article. He states his belief in our ability to house 7 and even 10 billion people, but that it would behoove all of us to do our best to slow the pace of growth. How do we do that? Well, the article offers various strategies, most of which center around Family Planning and its accessibility.

" A primary reason to slow the growth is simple demand. The UN estimates that more than 200 million women around the world currently want, but cannot gain access to, contraception." (Financial Times. 10/19/2011)

This is something CHAT's Community Based Health Worker's realize each time they set out to visit the communities as they watch the lines to receive chosen forms of contraception grow right before their eyes. We provide affordable, accessible, reliable birth control options because women want them.

At the close of the article, Bonagaart states, " We are closer to the earth's environmental constraints than people thought." Putting greater emphasis on Family Planning as a form of preventative medicine is life saving not only for our children, but also for our environment.

This article is eye opening and should any of you care to read, I have attached it below.

We thank you so much, as always, for your continual support and interest.

Until the next report...

The Team and CHAT.


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Project Leader

Diana Hague

Nanyuki, Kenya

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