Exploring the links between people, their health and the environment

Population, Health and Environment is a development approach that recognises the links between local communities, their health and the natural resources upon which they depend. This week, we co-hosted an event to find out more.

On Tuesday 23 April, we welcomed two leading experts in a webinar looking at Population, Health and Environment (PHE). Dr Karen Hardee is the co-author of the recent report, Breaking Silos, and Dr Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka is the Founder and CEO of the Ugandan organisation, Conservation Through Public Health. The event took place in the lead-up to the Commission on Population and Development in New York next week, which Population Matters will attend.

The webinar was co-hosted by three like-minded organisations, Population Matters, Population Connection and Population Media Center. You can find out more about the speakers and the hosts below, but for now, we invite you to watch the full webinar.

Watch the full webinar

Two experts in their field

We were very fortunate to welcome two fantastic speakers to our webinar, both of whom bring decades of knowledge and experience to their fields. Unfortunately, Margaret Edison, the Director of the Population Management and Development Department of Nigeria’s National Population Commission, was not able to join us on the day.

Dr Karen Hardee has been a social demographer for over 30 years and is President of Hardee Associates. She has extensive technical and leadership experience working with a range of development agencies and NGOs and as a consultant on family planning and reproductive health; rights-based programming; gender equity; global development and climate change; policy and program development; research; and evaluation.

Dr Hardee was the co-author of the recent Breaking Silos report, which was funded by the Weeden Foundation and publication was co-ordinated by Population Matters, which you can download here.

An expert take on Population, Health and Environment

Dr Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka is a leading wildlife veterinarian, conservationist, and scientist working to save the critically endangered mountain gorillas of East Africa. She is the Founder and CEO of Conservation Through Public Health, a Ugandan NGO that promotes conservation by improving the health and well-being of people and wildlife, enabling both groups to safely coexist on the edges of protected areas. Dr Gladys was one of our Change Champion award winners on World Population Day 2023.

On the same team

We were fortunate to hold the event with two fantastic organisations that do amazing work. We encourage you to investigate their work further.

Population Connection

Population Connection is the national grassroots population organization in the U.S. that educates young people and advocates progressive action to stabilize world population at a level that can be sustained by Earth’s resources.

Population Media Center

Population Media Center uses entertainment-education and mass media to promote social and cultural change by addressing the interconnected issues of the full rights of women and girls, population, and the environment.

Thank you to Dr Karen Hardee and Dr Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka for their insightful presentations!


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