“Pressures resulting from unrestrained population growth put demands on the natural world that can overwhelm any efforts to achieve a sustainable future. If we are to halt the destruction of our environment, we must accept limits to that growth.”
Family Planning and Environmental Sustainability Hand-in-Hand
Globally, limited access to contraception contributes to 74m unintended pregnancies and 20m unsafe abortions annually. It is estimated that approximately 300,000 women die each year from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth.
CHAT's main focus is our unique initiative of holistic family planning, integrating a strong component of ecological awareness and sensitization. Our success in this area has dramatically improved the quality of life for thousands of Kenyan women and, by extension, their families, their communities, and their environment. By reducing population pressures, indigenous flora and fauna are able to thrive, reducing risks to endangered and vulnerable species such as the African elephant, lion, cheetah, African wild dog, Black rhino, and Grevy's zebra.
Provision of accessible and affordable family planning is a true cost-saving intervention. Its benefits include:
When women are empowered decision-makers in their families, they spend more resources on their children's nutrition, healthcare and education. Involving men in family planning can lead to changes in gender norms. Empowering women in many ways, including their ability to achieve their desired family size, is a key driver of modern development efforts.