According to the World Population Data Sheet (2021) the world's population will grow from 7.8 billion today to an estimated 9.7 billion people in 2050.
In Africa alone, the population is expected to triple to about 3 billion by then, even with falling fertility rates and an aging population increasingly living in large urban centres with both public and private health services.

Join a Webinar:Monday, September 20 

Theme: Safe Maternity in the Framework of Population and Development

The Guttmacher Institute (Adding it Up, 2020) estimates that 218 million women in low and middle-income countries have an unmet need for modern contraception, that is they want to delay or limit births but are not currently using a modern contraceptive method. Fully meeting their needs for reproductive health would result in a reduction of about two-thirds of unintended pregnancies, unsafe abortions, and maternal deaths. Moreover, if all mothers and infants in these countries were to receive recommended health care, there would be 1.7 million fewer newborn deaths each year.

The increased understanding that population issues are best addressed through people-centred approaches rather than solely demographic rationales led to a paradigm shift in population policies and programmes which traditionally merely focused on controlling population growth. The International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in 1994 in Cairo marked this shift with the adoption of the Programme of Action, which addressed population issues in the broader contexts of reproductive health and development (United Nations 1994). The ICPD Programme of Action acknowledges the intersection of population and health, particularly reproductive health, and their linkage with development. It endorses a reproductive health approach that focuses on meeting individuals’ needs while respecting their rights. WHO acknowledges that health and population characteristics of a society both influence and are influenced by its development status. Population characteristics such as fertility, mortality, morbidity, mobility (migration), socio-economic levels, education, ethnic composition, age structure and gender equity directly or indirectly affect health particularly reproductive health of individuals.

This webinar will discuss these and more interlinkages between safe maternity, population and development. Rotarians will then reflect on how they can cooperate on programs addressing reproductive, maternal, child health and family planning.


  • Dr. John Townsend, Board Chair, Rotary Action Group on RMCH, USA
  • Dr. Koki Agarwal, Director, Maternal and Child Survival Program, Jpheigo USA
  • Petra ten Hoope-Bender, Technical Adviser Sexual and Reproductive Health, UNFPA Geneva
  • Prof.  Franz Josef Radermacher,   Chairman of the Board of the German RMCH Section, expert on sustainable development and population
  • Dr. Jotham Musinguzi, Director General National Population Council, Uganda
  • Dr. Carolyn Odula-Obonyo, Reproductive Health Specialist, Kenya

Join us on Monday, September 20, 2021 at 9.30 a.m EST, 2.30 p.m WAT, 3.30 p.m. CET via Zoom.

 Register HERE to attend.