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Session: Reproductive Health and the Environment: Reaching Underserved Populations through Intersectoral Programming
5072.0: Wednesday, November 10, 2004: 8:30 AM-10:00 AM
Reproductive Health and the Environment: Reaching Underserved Populations through Intersectoral Programming
Reaching the most rural populations, who are often among the poorest members of a society, remains a challenge for health program managers and donors. Governments and institutions with limited resources direct the bulk of transportation, communication, and health care infrastructures to population centers. Remote areas often experience the highest maternal and infant mortality and unmet need for birth spacing, although they may be the least receptive to modern family planning methods. In developing countries, high fertility rates in rural communities that rely directly on forest, river, and ocean resources for their livelihood may lead to the degradation of essential natural resources, depletion of biodiversity resources, and reproduction of poverty in future generations. The goals of reproductive health, environmental health, and sustainable livelihood are equally important in these contexts. This panel discusses a variety of programs that integrate health care and biodiversity conservation in order to reach underserved rural populations in developing countries. Where family planning is a sensitive issue, income generation and poverty reduction through natural resource management can serve as entry points for community action, so that organizations begin with the priorities of local people and work to increase awareness that healthy families, healthy economy, and healthy environment go together. Reproductive health and development organizations are also creating partnerships with biodiversity conservation and natural resource management institutions that work with communities living in and around national parks—often the same areas where health care infrastructure is limited or absent, but where conservation practitioners have long-standing relationships with communities.
Learning Objectives: Participants attending this session will be able to: 1. Identify opportunities for collaboration with the natural resource management sector to promote linked activities with reproductive health. 2. Describe international projects that reach underserved rural populations by addressing both reproductive health and conservation/natural resource management/environmental health.
Moderator(s):Robert Engelman, MS
8:30 AMResponding to community needs in the Philippines: Cross-sectoral programming for reproductive and ecosystemic health  [ Recorded presentation ]
Carol Boender, MA, Kirk Riutta, Janet Edmund
8:44 AMWithdrawn -- Community-centered conservation and sustainable development in rural Tanzania
Lisa Pharoah, George Strunden, MS
8:58 AMIndigenous populations and fertility in the Ecuadorian Amazon  [ Recorded presentation ]
Jason Bremner, MPH, Richard, E. Bilsborrow, PhD
9:12 AMMaking cities work: Reproductive and environmental health in the Peruvian Andes  [ Recorded presentation ]
Delicia Ferrando, MA
9:26 AMHIV/AIDS, livelihoods and conservation linkages
Judy Oglethorpe, MS
See individual abstracts for presenting author's disclosure statement and author's information.
Organized by:Population, Family Planning, and Reproductive Health
Endorsed by:International Health; Occupational Health and Safety; Public Health Education and Health Promotion; Public Health Nursing; Socialist Caucus; Women's Caucus
CE Credits:CME, Health Education (CHES), Nursing

The 132nd Annual Meeting (November 6-10, 2004) of APHA