Gillespie Foundation - Mission Statement
Foundation founded in 2007 to prescribe policies and actions to achieve population
stabilization, explore the path to zero fossil fuel future and preserve and
protect environment for future generation of children.
In 1850 the population of the planet was 1 billion, in 1930
two billion, 3 billion in 1960, 4 billion in 1974, 5 billion in 1987, 6 billion
in 1991 and this year will be 7 billion. Even if all countries achieve
replacement size families in South Asia and sub Saharan Africa, the population
will reach 11 or 12 billion. Since Independence in sub Saharan Africa, all the
populations have increased four times except for those that have increased five
times. With half the populations in many sub Saharan African countries below
the age of fifteen all couples would have to have one child family for the next
31 years to stabilize at current levels. Even replacement size families will
result in population increasing 70-80%. Any population growing greater than
replacement will eventually stabilize by an increase in the death rate.
Protecting wildlife and the environment, feeding the hungry,
preserving peace and political stability, achieving a smooth transition to a
zero fossil fuel future, provides a daunting challenge to everyone on this
planet. Beyond the necessity of giving all couples access to the contraceptive
means to prevent unwanted pregnancies, we are challenged to guarantee the
survivability of children, prevent adolescent pregnancies, increasing age at
marriage and birth spacing and reinforcing the value of small families for
parents, communities and the nation.
The Challenges to Governments and Donors
- To promote population stabilization policies and programs.
- To determine under what conditions couples in developing countries will attain replacement level fertility.
- To increase awareness of the population problem with national leaders and to identify those leaders who will work on viable solutions.
- To achieve a closer working relationship between population
programs and all aspects of development and ecological preservation.
- To improve the efficiency of the donor agencies and governments.
- To develop safe, reliable, effective, easy to use, low cost
and reversible contraceptive technologies.
- To apply the available technology for the prevention of
Law and Policy: To give couples the right to prevent
unwanted pregnancies and to eliminate the legal restrictions on providing and
Administration and Leadership: To establish an
autonomous organization capable of coordinating activities with all government
ministries and the private sector.
Medical Services: To utilize all medical and
paramedical personnel within their capabilities or qualifications after
Social Marketing: To use health personnel, field
workers, village leaders, midwives, satisfied customers and others to
distribute contraceptives and to extend services through all retail stores and
Communication: To develop multimedia campaigns; to
select, train and supervise field workers to conduct home visits and group
meetings; and to mobilize functionaries to promote contraceptives and small
Population Education: To integrate text on population
and health policies and programs into the school curriculum at every grade
Evaluation: To evaluate programs by clinic records,
coupons, a sample follow up of acceptors, and surveys of couples in the
reproductive age group.
Population Communication Philosophy
- Private Enterprise: Population Communication has been endowed with income from businesses established by the Board of Directors. Management, finance, marketing and advertising techniques are used in all phases of Population Communication programs.
- Highly Leveraged: Population Communication
collaborates with other population organizations, donors and governments in
designing projects; uses consultants on a contract basis to perform most
services; has a low administrative cost; aims at self-sustaining projects.
- Innovative: Working with other population
organization, Population Communication goes directly to heads of state to get
support for population stabilization; uses marketing firms to promote
innovative techniques of birth planning; and, encourages creative artists to
communicate the problem and solution to the public.
- Adaptable: All projects proceed after pretesting and
surveying the local felt needs. The programs are tailored to the cultural,
economic, political and religious setting of the individual countries.
- Experienced: After five decades of experience in the
population field, Population Communication staff and consultants have
demonstrated integrity, discipline and the ability to take responsible risks in
all phases of designing and administering program activities.
- Evaluation: The impact of all projects are evaluated
by levels of acceptors, cost efficiency and replication.
Population Communication Projects
- Communicating Population Messages to National Leaders - Population Communication commissions books, reports and surveys which focus on the cultural, historical, political, economic, religious and social aspects of the population problem in specific developing countries. Information about the problem is communicated to national leaders and the public through magazine articles, booklets, radio spots, news releases and direct mail.
- Developing Scripts with Population and Family Planning
Themes - Population Communication contracts with television and motion
picture writers to prepare scripts which dramatize the problems of rapid
urbanization, the plight of homeless children confronting a young couple in a developing
country who decide to have a small family. Population Communication informs
script writers about the population problem in their country; introduces them
to family planning pioneers; encourages them to create heroes of women who take
control of their lives and effect social, economic and political change;
establishes awards presentations for the writers with the best population
scripts; and, organizes seminars and workshops for script writers to review
small family ideas that can integrated into the scripts.
- Developing and Pretesting Small Family Policies and
Programs - Population Communication designs small family policies and
programs, using surveys and action projects, Population Communication is
determining what symbolic and substantive actions will successfully achieve small family goals. There are very few developing
countries where the process of socioeconomic development will result in
replacement level fertility. For this reason, symbolic and substantive rewards
and constraints directly aimed at lowering fertility are necessary for both the
individual and the community. To achieve population stabilization, a program
must improve the well-being of all people and enhance their opportunities and
choices in life. The motives for having children can be shifted from those
perceived as beneficial for parents to those which are beneficial to children
and society. Couples should eventually want and have one or two children. For this reason, social marketing within and beyond family
planning is making significant in-roads in delivering services and creating
environment for small families to achieve population stabilization.
- Informing and Training Doctors in Developing Countries - Population Communication disseminates information to doctors on the latest birth control techniques. Doctors are given information on how to obtain effective, safe and reliable contraceptive training and equipment.