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Title:Health Planning and Population Policy in Africa
Author:Bridsall, Nancy
Periodical:African Studies Review
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:health policy
family planning
Miscellaneous (i.e. Demography, Refugees, Sports)
Health and Nutrition
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/523561
Abstract:Despite common interests, health planners and population planners have different objectives: respectively to improve health and reduce mortality, and to reduce rapid rates of population growth. To the extent that reductions in mortality increase population growth, the objectives appear contradictory. Population and health planners have agreed on family planning as a common program where their objectives converge, since family planning both reduces births and improves the mother's and already-born children's health. The premise of this essay is that, despite the apparent contradiction, those in the population field should give priority to improving health standards and reducing mortality in Africa. They should adopt a strategy of strong support for health and particularly for the restructuring health systems. Only with better health services will demand for family planning services arise and suplly of those services be justified by their costs. Notes; ref.; tables.