All efforts for sustainable growth and development are only efforts worth making if there exists a population to be impacted with their progress. It is this importance of a stable and healthy populace that is celebrated on July 11, the World Population Day as declared by the UNGA in 1989. The demographic composition is not the only point of importance to this awareness method; it aims to highlight the issues that impact the population and their relation to development and the environment.
This year the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) focuses on women and child health, under the theme “Birth Spacing: Empowering People, Developing Nations”. Birth Spacing is a concept for preserving the health of the mother, the infant and ensuring the readiness of the family to have another child by advising women to have a gap of at least 3 years before the next pregnancy. It recommends a mother to breastfeed for 2 years and a year to regain her health, thereby ensuring not just her good health but also her child’s. It is a concept that ties population control through family planning with reproductive rights and health.
The idea behind Birth Spacing is largely empower women to break free of societal and familial constraints that they’re expected to adhere to upon motherhood – for instance, keep reproducing till a male child is born or have a second child as soon as possible. These are common issues that a lot of women, especially in rural areas, face.
Birth Spacing empowers women to exercise their reproductive rights of choosing when to give birth and to finish their education, ensure optimum health and productivity and bolster the economy by contributing their skills and efficiency. All this is done by making not just women, but also their husbands aware of the rights they possess and should exercise and the importance of reproductive health. It also aims to promote Family Planning, the use of contraceptive and disease-prevention, thereby controlling the population issues. This ensures that economic backwards that manifests in areas due to lack of Family Planning is controlled and developmental efforts are more effective.
The progressive ideology promoted by World Population Day 2017 is something the SEED CSR implements through its initiatives in its project operational areas. We believe that sustainable development requires the population as a whole to contribute their efforts. For this to happen, they must be a productive and informed populace that is healthy and able enough to contribute to the economy. We conduct awareness projects, hygiene & sanitation awareness camps and reproductive health camps to inform people about the importance of family planning to their health, well-being and economic viability of the same. Through our projects with Endo Pharma, Technip FMC, ACC etc. we conduct initiatives that provide access to healthcare, skill development and social infrastructure that is necessary to for the development of the villages we take up, enhance their quality of life and to change their mindset about myths relating to modern concepts like family planning and contraceptives. Our aim is to inform the people, to provide them with the means and access to these basic amenities like healthcare, education, sanitation, etc. in exceptional quality in order to improve their standards of living and make them sustainable.