WORLD POPULATION DAY - 11 JULY 2017 - IT IS MORE THAN FAMILY PLANNING ! - Health Resource International West Africa (HRI)

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Thursday, 13 July 2017

WORLD POPULATION DAY - 11 JULY 2017 - IT IS MORE THAN FAMILY PLANNING !


Courtesy of Tropical Health Matters, we share this piece that reminds us all that Population Day is not only about Family Planning but also about other related matters like Malaria and Pregnancy and how to prevent it: READ ON


'Population Health: Malaria, Monkeys and Mosquitoes
On World Population Day (July 11) one often thinks of family planning. A wider view was proposed by resolution 45/216 of December 1990, of the United Nations General Assembly which encouraged observance of “World Population Day to enhance awareness of population issues, including their relations to the environment and development.”
A relationship still exists between family planning and malaria via preventing pregnancies in malaria endemic areas where the disease leads to anemia, death, low birth weight and stillbirth. Other population issues such as migration/mobilityborder movement, and conflict/displacement influence exposure of populations to malaria, NTDs and their risks. Environmental concerns such as land/forest degradationoccupational exposurepopulation expansion (even into areas where populations of monkeys, bats or other sources of zoonotic disease transmission live), and climate warming in areas without prior malaria transmission expose more populations to mosquitoes and malaria.

Ultimately the goal of eliminating malaria needs a population based focus. The recent WHO malaria elimination strategic guidance encourages examination of factors in defined population units that influence transmission or control.
Today public health advocates are using the term population health more. The University of Wisconsin Department of Population Health Sciences in its blog explained that “Population health is defined as the health outcomes of a group of individuals, including the distribution of such outcomes within the group.” World Population Day is a good time to consider how the transmission or prevention of malaria, or even neglected tropical diseases, is distributed in our countries, and which groups and communities within that population are most vulnerable.
World Population Day has room to consider many issues related to the health of populations whether it be reproductive health, communicable diseases or chronic diseases as well as the services to address these concerns.’’
Joseph Ana.

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