Addressing Population and Reproductive Health Challenges
VOLUME 19 of the series Sharing Innovative Experiences
Achieving population and reproductive health goals, including those for family planning and HIV/AIDS,
is critical for the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). However, it also has a much
longer impact. Today, the world population stands at seven billion and the last billion was added in just
twelve years. It is notably racing towards 9.1 billion by 2045, with a myriad of serious social, economic
and environmental consequences during the coming decades and beyond.
Volume 19 was produced by the United
Nations Office for South-South
Cooperation, Partners in Population and Development (PPD) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
Experiences from 10 Southern countries in designing and implementing population and reproductive health policies
and programmes are now documented and
available in a new publication aimed at
promoting South-South learning and
exchange. Experiences in Addressing
Population and Reproductive Health
Challenges is the nineteenth volume in
the series Sharing Innovative
Experiences. This volume was produced by
the Untied Nations Office for
Partners in Population and Development (PPD) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) to promote the exchange of innovative solutions.
PPD member countries account for about 70 per-cent of the population of developing countries. Many among them are succeeding in addressing issues concerning population, reproductive health and development, in line with the policies and recommendations adopted by the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) held in 1994 in Cairo. They have taken measures and innovative approaches that have shown very positive results in areas such as:
- family planning;
- adolescent reproductive health and mother-to-child transmission of HIV/AIDS;
- gender empowerment and reproductive health;
- parliamentarians’ advocacy for reproductive health; and
- linking of population dynamics and development planning.
The knowledge, experience and expertise that these countries have gained in their efforts to address these concerns represent a valuable resource for other countries interested in expanding, extending or reorienting their own population and reproductive health programmes. The case studies were prepared by national governmental agencies, national scientific institutions and experts as a learning tool and were extensively peer reviewed by a range of experts from various agencies.
Addressing population and reproductive health challenges for achieving the MDGs:
Southern Countries Share 10 Successful Policy and Programmatic Experiences
Volume 19 was launched on 1 November 2011, in Pretoria, South Africa.
The publication was launched by H.E. Mr. Ghulam Nabi Azad, Minister, Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare of the Government of India and the Chair of the PPD Board, H.E. Ms. Bathabile Dlamini, Minister of Social Development, Government of the Republic of South Africa and H.E. Prof. A. F. M. Ruhal Haque, Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh in the presence of dozens of ministers and other senior officials from PPD member and other countries.