Christian Science Monitor Columnist Examines Connections Between Population Growth, Poverty
April 26, 2010
Christian Science Monitor columnist David Francis examines the connection between population growth in developing countries and poverty in his weekly column: "When some developing nations can't create enough new jobs for rapidly growing populations, they export people. ... Most rich nations have the opposite problem: Fertility rates have dropped below the rate of reproduction," Francis writes. "Under President Obama, the U.S. has stepped up its foreign aid for family planning and reproductive health. His budget proposal for fiscal year 2011 calls for $715.7 million in bilateral and multilateral such aid. That is up 10 percent from the amount Congress appropriated for fiscal year 2010, notes Population Action International in Washington, and the largest amount ever sought."
After highlighting the effects of population growth on the economies in Haiti and the Philippines, Francis writes, "In many developing nations, the U.S. and other rich countries fund 'death control' -- efforts to reduce mortality from such diseases as HIV-AIDS and malaria ... Now they should fund sophisticated campaigns for birth control that point out that smaller families can enhance education, reduce poverty, and add to happiness" (4/22).
This article was provided by Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. It is a part of the publication Kaiser Daily Global Health Policy Report. Visit the Kaiser Family Foundation's website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.