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Experiences in Addressing Population and Reproductive Health Challenges
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 Special Unit for South-South Cooperation in the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), 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.
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:
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.