The PHE Approach: Linking Families, Health, and the Environment

Anne Kott

CCP | Communications Director
Climate-affected internally displaced persons board a boat to travel to Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Climate-affected internally displaced persons board a boat to travel to Dhaka, Bangladesh. © 2014 M Ponir Hossain, Courtesy of Photoshare

We live in a connected world. The rise in mobile device ownership, internet coverage, and wireless access means that we can reach each other from nearly anywhere, at any time. Yet technology is far from the only thing that connects us. There are a number of complex connections between our families, our health, and the environment that impact our lives. Recognizing these interactions, development practitioners have established a term to describe programming approaches that concurrently address issues related to families, their health, and the environment. This approach is called Population, Health and Environment (PHE).

PHE is relevant to the field of family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH) in many ways. Issues like mobility, natural resource management, food security and nutrition, and environmental security can negatively affect fertility, access and adherence to contraceptives, and availability of other services that we know affect FP/RH needs. PHE programs seek to refine our understanding of how environmental change impacts these and other areas of health and well-being, how populations influence the environment, and what can be done to address these issues through an integrated, community-based, multi-sectoral approach.

ClimateLinks, a global knowledge portal for climate change and development practitioners, recently published a blog series focusing on the link between health and the environment. You can read a curated list of posts below or visit the ClimateLinks blog for the whole series. Interested in learning more? Take K4Health’s PHE course on the Global Health eLearning Center.

As Cholera Strikes, Climate and Health Integration Take on Urgency in Mozambique

Hotspots of Health Risks in Sub-Saharan Africa

New Report Synthesizes Evidence on Climate Risks to Health in Africa

Can Ocean Temperature Changes Forecast Malaria Transmission in Southern Africa?