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The Population & Sustainability Network: the international programme of the Margaret Pyke Trust: working around the world to improve family planning

20 March 2017

The Population and Sustainability Network (PSN) is the international programme of the Margaret Pyke Trust, dedicated to improving the situation of 225 million women and girls around the world with an unmet need for family planning.

The Network includes 19 member organisations including the International Planned Parenthood Federation, the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT), the United Nations Population Fund, the Department for International Development. The newest Network member is CNWL.

PSN raises awareness of the wide-ranging benefits of family planning for women, their families and the planet, and to increase investment in family planning programmes which respect and protect rights as part of sustainable development.

Family planning has a strong ripple effect over many global development goals, including health, gender equality and women’s empowerment, environmental conservation and fighting climate change.

PSN promotes the Population, Health and Environment (PHE) approach; community-based projects in areas of high biodiversity which incorporate reproductive health and environmental livelihood interventions.

Evidence shows PHE programmes provide greater health, gender and conservation outcomes than single sector projects as well as lead to greater community participation.

PSN are working in Groot Marico, in the North West Province of South Africa, a climate change hotspot suffering from land degradation, water scarcity and poor community health; working with the EWT to improve access to family planning, sexual and reproductive health services to a marginalised, rural population to improve overall well-being.

In Uganda PSN provide comprehensive training to medical staff in a community hospital that is adjacent to a national park; home to gorilla and chimpanzee populations which are threatened because of rapidly expanding human encroaching on their habitat, largely due to unmet family planning need.

PSN are involved in another project in South Africa to include family planning in Gender Based Violence programmes; working with the Thohoyandou Victim Empowerment Programme to improve communities’ knowledge of and ability to exercise their sexual and reproductive rights, with a particular focus on improving access to quality family planning services.

If you would like to learn more and stay up to date on our activities, please join our mailing list by clicking here. To learn more about PSN's approach, read the full text article here.

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