Humans and the environment are inextricably linked. Population size and age, fertility, mobility, settlement patterns, and resource availability and consumption all influence the impact we have on the environment. Solving the complex challenges that we face today demands a better understanding of how these aspects of population impact the environment, how environmental change impacts our health and well-being, and what can be done to address these issues. Through PRB’s People, Health, Planet activities, we aim to:

  • Increase awareness among decisionmakers, key stakeholders, and advocates about the linkages between human and planetary health, environmental conservation, and reproductive health.
  • Build leadership and capacity to work on and communicate about human and planetary health, including projects and research classified as population, health, and environment (PHE).
  • Conduct and share research on the role of family planning in sustainable development and the connections between improving reproductive health and key development sectors, such as climate change, resilience, food security, nutrition, and women’s empowerment.
  • Develop and support international, regional, and country-level networks and communities of practice for information sharing and collaboration on human and planetary health.

Learn more about our People, Health, Planet activities

Population, Health, Environment (PHE) resources

  • PHE Global Health E-Learning Course. As part of efforts to share cross-cutting information and increase dialogue and visibility of multisectoral approaches, PRB launched a revised PHE course for USAID’s Global Health e-Learning (GHeL) Center, managed by the Knowledge 4 Health project (K4Health). The course includes new modules on policy, advocacy, and communication; scale up; and the SDGs, as well as information on PHE linkages with climate change adaptation and mitigation. It is available in English, French, and Spanish.
  • PHE toolkit. This redesigned toolkit, launched in 2016 and updated regularly, showcases the best and most recent resources, along with classic Population, Health, and Environment reference materials.
  • The Impact of Population, Health, and Environment Projects: A Synthesis of the Evidence. Written for the Evidence Project, this working paper synthesizes available research from the latest PHE projects, identifying the benefits of integrated projects and gaps in the evidence base.
  • Population, Health, Environment, and Development Activity Map. This map identifies every field-based PHE project, funder, and organization around the world focused on policy/advocacy research and learning.

New Research Reveals Family Planning Is Associated With Enhanced Resilience

New research indicates that family planning and use of maternal and child health facilities is positively associated with resilience. Resilience has a range of definitions and operates at different scales. It is generally understood as the ability of an individual, household, community, or system to…

March 9, 2018
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