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Carmen Barroso and Sandeep Bathala Talk 7 Billion with Grist
In her opening remarks for Monday's live chat about population issues for Grist, IPPF/WHR Regional Director Carmen Barroso stated that the birth of the 7 billionth person "presents a tremendous opportunity to ensure a sustainable response in terms of the sexual and reproductive health needs of millions who lack access to basic services." Her co-presenter, Sandeep Bathala of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, added, "215 million women in developing countries want access to family planning services but do not have access to a full range of modern contraceptives. We need to work to ensure that women have access to services and education that they want."
While the headlines are filled with news of the world's rapidly increasing population, we must take advantage of opportunities to broaden the conversation about sustainability, global health, and environmentalism -- issues with deep connections that are often overlooked or seen as in conflict with each other. "While many assume that the environmental and reproductive health movements have divergent agendas—the health of the planet vs. the health of the people—both movements agree that everyone is entitled to a set of fundamental human rights," said Barroso.
Moderated by Grist Senior Editor Lisa Hymas, the hour-long online chat provided a forum for participants to have their questions answered by two leading experts on population and global health.