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Population and Family Planning Programmes: Human Needs and Human Numbers

  1. Malcolm Potts1,
  2. John Guillebaud2

Published Online: 22 MAR 2002

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0002143

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How to Cite

Potts, M. and Guillebaud, J. 2002. Population and Family Planning Programmes: Human Needs and Human Numbers. eLS. .

Author Information

  1. 1

    University of California, Berkeley, USA

  2. 2

    Margaret Pyke Centre, London, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 22 MAR 2002

Abstract

Given a couple(woman)-centred perspective, world population stabilization is possible without coercion. Meeting human needs is an endeavour that must include providing the means for women to control their fertility and realise the potential to bring human numbers down: so permitting sustainable development on a planet with finite resources.

Keywords:

  • population;
  • demographic momentum;
  • fertility;
  • family planning;
  • contraception;
  • abortion