20 Essential Resources for Population, Health and Environment (PHE)

Population, Health and Environment (PHE) is an integrated community-based approach that recognizes the relationships between people’s health and the environment. This multi-sectoral approach strives to improve voluntary family planning and reproductive health care and conservation and natural resource management within the communities living in ecologically rich areas of our globe.

Access to voluntary family planning enables couples to decide whether, when, and how many children to have, resulting in healthier women, children, and communities. Along with increased access to education, family planning can also contribute to slowing population growth and therefore may lessen pressure on natural resources. The PHE approach also encourages communities to engage in sustainable practices to preserve their ecosystems.

This collection of essential resources is designed to help program planners, designers, and implementers in a variety of sectors (such as environmental conservation, resilience, food security, and economic development) understand and explore elements of PHE programs so that they can incorporate this approach into their work.

This collection is made possible is made possible by the support of the American People through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) under the Knowledge SUCCESS Project. Knowledge SUCCESS is supported by USAID’s Bureau for Global Health, Office of Population and Reproductive Health and led by the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs (CCP) in partnership with Amref Health Africa, The Busara Center for Behavioral Economics (Busara), and FHI 360. The contents of this webpage are the sole responsibility of CCP.