Family Planning: Challenges & Choices in Africa

Thursday, September 12, 2013

A woman from the Ndebele tribe in South Africa. (United Nations/P Mugabane/flickr)

This week, The Takeaway has been talking about the world's growing population which is quickly approaching the 10 billion mark.

Anders Kelto, Africa Correspondent for PRI's The World, shares a glimpse of the issues Ethiopia, Kenya, and South Africa face when it comes to family planning. Those issues range from getting men to participate in the conversation to tackling infertility.

Kelto's three-part series "Family Choices: Fertility and Infertility in Africa" recently aired on The World. He joins the program to discuss his findings and why the family planning concerns of the continent vary widely by region.


Anders Kelto

Produced by:

Kristen Meinzer and Megan Quellhorst


T.J. Raphael

Comments [4]

Kathy Erb, CCIH from United States

I read the articles by Anders Kelter last month with interest and was glad to see family planning explored even further in this interview. Some important challenges to improving the health of mothers, children and entire populations were raised. For example, effectively involving men in family planning can be difficult, as Mr. Kelter discovered in Kenya. Engaging church groups and respected church leaders in sharing health messages, including the importance of safe birth spacing through family planning, can help reach and influence men. To address this, Christian Connection for International Health (CCIH) produced a resource on Engaging Men in Family Planning this year that includes some of the work of Christian organizations to involve men in family planning.
Educating men on the importance of safe birth spacing for the entire family can help change attitudes and improve health. More resources can be found on

Sep. 12 2013 02:47 PM
Jeff Short from Malvern AR, USA

Hans Rosling has presented some very interesting data regarding births, religion and population growth during his TED Talks. (See I would recommend it to everyone, all faiths.

Sep. 12 2013 01:49 PM
Christine from Oregon

We have two children. One biological, one adopted. We did the reproduction thing, then we adopted a child who had been produced by someone else. What could be better?

Sep. 12 2013 12:44 PM

After much discussion, my spouse and I decided only two as replacements for us. Additionally we looked at what would be necessary to support them to succeed in life and contribute meaningful to the world and humanity. We saved and, wherever we lived, exposed then to open to public museums, nature reserves and the library. It's not just having two, but ensuring those two accept and know how they can contribute.

Sep. 12 2013 12:26 PM

Leave a Comment

Email addresses are required but never displayed.