The doctor with seven billion patients
Babatunde Osotimehin is the executive director of the United Nations Population Fund
- By: Guy Rughani
My job is an advocacy platform to ensure that we provide empowerment for people to be able to make choices in their reproductive health lives—particularly young people.
Feeding into that, we are the organisation that helps governments to conduct censuses so that they know what the population of their country is, enabling them to plan more effectively for future young people.
In Northern Europe, where populations seem to be going down, there is concern about maintaining a reproductive base, with governments keen to promote pronatalist policies [encouraging reproduction].
In the global south [developing world] we have populations that are growing. We work with those governments to ensure that the growth of their populations does not outstrip the growth of their economies—so the people can maintain some sort of dignity.
My frustration is the inability to make things happen as quickly as I want them to. For example, 1000 women die