Population, health, and the environment (PHE) is an approach to human development that integrates health and family planning with conservation efforts to maximise synergies for better conservation and human welfare outcomes than single-sector approaches.
When a poor family in a marginalised community is healthy, and can decide the spacing and number of the children they want, and the environment is robust and sustainable, then they will have more time available for growing food and earning income, their efforts will be better rewarded, and they will be able to leave poverty behind more quickly.
Our work fulfils this PHE approach by;
- giving women in poor communities a chance to choose to use family planning,
- bringing access to basic healthcare through mobile clinics,
- planting trees in schools in communities where the mobile clinics operate, and
- restoring forest in National Parks.
Restoring forest and other natural habitat in National Parks
There are some biodiversity hot-spots where we support our health and family planning partners to work which include Mount Kenya National Park and Kakamega Forest reserve in Kenya, and the Bwindi Forest National Park in Uganda. Enabling poor people to choose the spacing and number of children they can afford not only increases the chances of coming out of poverty, but also reduced the pressure on wildlife, making conservation efforts more fruitful.
[Photos of the animals on this page are courtesy of Peter Coleridge]