Stories: Population

  • On Assam’s River Islands, Family Planning Clashes Against Religious Tradition

    On the banks of the Brahmaputra River, off the coast of Dhubri town in the northeastern state of Assam, lie a few hundred villages that seem stuck in time, difficult to reach from the mainland and undeveloped for decades. These “char,” the name given to the more than 2,000 riverbank villages and river islands in Assam, are home...

  • Mucha población, poca planificación

    El crecimiento excesivo de población se ha convertido en muchos países en un problema para el propio desarrollo. Sucede en Kenia, que de seguir así doblará su población, 41 millones, en dos décadas. Un periodista del Daily Nation, Samuel Siringi, nos contó así su historia familiar como ejemplo, bien...

  • Obama Step-Grandma on Women’s Rights

    No visit to Kenya is complete without calling on Sarah Obama, President Obama's remarkably sharp 90-year-old step-grandmother, the woman who raised his father, Barack Obama Sr. Since the 2008 U.S. presidential campaign, Westerners have trooped to her door, eager to learn about the president's African heritage from the woman he calls "Granny." Obama used her accounts of the...

  • Rougher Road Ahead for Morocco’s Maternal Health

    Aicha Sasbou, who has worked for 30 years as a traditional birth attendant in this remote region of the Atlas Mountains, clearly remembers her first delivery. She was called along with her aunt to help her own sister. Her job: hold the candle and provide light for the delivery, since there was no electricity. But once the baby arrived, Sasbou forgot...

  • India’s ‘Demographic Dividend’ Only Good If There’s Growth

    Kai Ryssdal: Tomorrow in New Delhi, Indian economists will get their latest growth figures to chew on. Quarterly GDP is expected to be somewhere in the neighborhood of 5.3 percent. Economists -- not to mention certain politicans -- here would love to post that kind of number.In India, though, anything short of 9 percent or so is a bit of a...

  • Boom Country

    Samuel Siringi, 36, is one of 27 siblings. “My father put together three wives who had 27 children between them. My family ran out of names for the children so we have the same names for all the boys born in the same year to different mothers. We have three Moses, Up, Middle and Bottom, depending on the part of the...

  • Who Cares About Reproductive Health?

    Samuel Siringi is one of twenty-seven children in his family. In Kenya, the population increases by one million every year, and unemployment remains high. On a recent IRP trip to Kenya, Julienne Gage spoke to Siringi about his experiences growing up in a large family and his decision to study reproductive health and population growth.