The Central African Forest Initiative (CAFI), a multi-donor program to reduce the human impact on tropical rainforests in Central Africa, recently awarded $7.2 million to a team of researchers at Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. Drs. Jane Bertrand, Arsene Binanga, and Julie Hernandez of the Department of Health Policy and Management will spearhead the project. The team’s goal is to increase contraceptive use in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
CAFI, launched at the UN Sustainable Development Summit in September 2015, aims to support governments in the region as they implement reforms and enhance investments to address such challenges as poverty, food insecurity and climate change. These all put pressure on their tropical forests.
“This project is unique in that funding for the preservation of forests is being invested in family planning,“ says Dr. Bertrand. “It recognizes the close link between population pressure and degradation of forests.”
This award builds on four ongoing family planning projects, headed by the same Tulane team, in the DRC. It will be administered through the Kinshasa office of Tulane International LLC, the largest TILLC office in the Tulane system worldwide. The United Nations Office of Project Services (UNOPS) will have fiduciary oversight of Tulane and two other implementing partners, DKT International and Marie Stopes International.Tags: Friday Letter Submission, Publish on December 13