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How One Organization Saves Gorillas by Championing Public Health

Deep into the lush mountains of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest of Uganda reside some of the world’s last remaining mountain gorillas, and they’re endangered. Habitat destruction, biodiversity loss, hunting, and preventable diseases have severely threatened the lives of these majestic animals, which have inhabited the forests there for thousands of years. While working as the first […]

2018 International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP)

Five Population Connection staff attended the 2018 International Conference on Family Planning in Kigali, Rwanda, from November 12-15. We hosted an extremely well-attended exhibit booth, where we handed out some of the best swag at the conference (hand sanitizer, lip balm, sunscreen, etc.), if we do say so ourselves. We also developed special fact sheets […]

Give Back on Giving Tuesday!

In just a few weeks, millions of compassionate people—like you—will celebrate Giving Tuesday. Falling on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving here in the United States, Giving Tuesday kicks off the charitable giving season and celebrates the valuable work of charities big and small … and the generous donors who support them. This year, Giving Tuesday is […]

How a Change in U.S. Abortion Policy Threatens Lives in Malawi

“On average, in a day, sometimes we handle about ten women related to abortion cases,” Sylvester Zimba explains to a reporter from Vice News in August of 2017. Zimba is a nurse who specializes in post-abortion care at Kasungu District Hospital, a small clinic in rural Malawi and the sole medical facility for 600,000 people. […]

What Fertility Rates in Africa Tell Us About Global Development

“The key thing you can do to reduce population growth is actually [to] improve health.” – Bill Gates The UN estimates that world population is projected to reach 9.8 billion people by 2050 – an increase of over two billion people in just thirty years. If you’re concerned about the environment (and I’m willing to […]

Federal Protection of Abortion Does Not Equate to Access for All

It’s not just Brett Kavanaugh posing a risk to reproductive rights in America. State-level restrictions prevent many women from exercising their right to choose here at home. What’s at stake when women are denied their reproductive rights? The country of El Salvador offers a cautionary tale. Kamala Harris: “Can you think of any laws that […]

Lower Birth Rates Trigger False Alarms

The cover of our current magazine issue notes that lower birth rates alarm economists. As Washington Post economics columnist Robert J. Samuelson wrote last December, “No one can say we weren’t warned. For years, scholars of all shapes and sizes — demographers, economists, political scientists — have cautioned that the populations of most advanced countries […]

Just How Dangerous Is the Supreme Court Nomination? A Quick Look Into Why Family Planning is Absolutely Necessary, In Case Anyone Forgot.

Can you think of a concept that’s been unfairly stigmatized at the expense of both personal freedom and social progress? These days, it’s easy to name a few. In light of recent events, though, let’s focus on one: access to contraceptives. It’s not news that family planning is considered an essential aspect of comprehensive healthcare […]

Earth Overshoot Day: A Lesson in Basic Personal Finance

Earth Overshoot Day marks the point in the calendar year when humanity’s consumption of natural resources exceeds our planet’s yearly biocapacity. As of August 1st, only seven months into 2018, we have already used up all the resources that Earth is able to generate over the course of one year. To use an extended metaphor, imagine […]

ZPG to PopConnect: Half a Century in the Making of “Family Planning as a Human Right”

Fifty years ago, the United Nations officially recognized family planning as a universal human right. This landmark declaration was established in the Proclamation of Tehran drafted and adopted by the International Conference on Human Rights (ICHR) in 1968. As Article 16 of the Proclamation states, “The protection of the family and of the child remains […]

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