Activities of the Gillespie Foundation
The Gillespie Foundation has received a preliminary analysis of a survey of contraceptive practices in teaching hospitals in India, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Philippines, Egypt, Thailand and Bangladesh.
Final reports on achieving population stabilization have come in from Dr. Osama Refaat ("Population Policies and Programs in Egypt") and Dr. Atiqur Rahman Khan and Ms. Mufaweza Khan ("Population Programs in Bangladesh: Problems, Prospects And Policy Issues"). Revised and updated reports have been negotiated with Dr. Rafiu Ibraheem in Nigeria ("Nigeria's Progress in Achieving Population Stabilization") and Dr. Nimfa Ogena in the Philippines ("Population Stabilization: Philippine Case"). Jay Satia (PATH Board of Directors) has a first draft of a report on achieving population stabilization in Bihar. Gopi Gopalakrishnan (President, World Health Partners) has drafted a preliminary outline of achieving population stabilization in Uttar Pradesh. As soon as Dr. Mercedes Concepcion (Ret., University of the Philippines Population Institute) and Dr. Juan Flavier (former Secretary of the Department of Health, Philippines) have commented on the Philippines report authored by Dr. Ogena, we will have the first of two reports focused on population stabilization in the Philippines.
In Nigeria, Dr. Felix Barrah (Director, Gombe Clinic) is conducting a survey of contraceptive practices in 19 teaching hospitals. In Bangladesh Dr. Atiqur Khan is conducting the survey in a three-tier approach of teaching hospitals, at the district level and the upazilla level. In Egypt Dr. Osama Refaat (RCT Deputy Director, OBGYN Hospital at Ain Shams University) conducted the survey, contacting 80 hospitals, OB/GYN professors, specialists and experts. In the Philippines Dr. Fides Rodriguez-Ababon of the Davao Medical School Foundation will conduct the survey of 38 teaching hospitals. We have preliminary tabulations of 48 hospitals in India and 10 hospitals in Pakistan. Each of the hospitals is being sent the 19th edition of, "Contraceptive Technology," edited by Robert Hatcher.
Professor Tom Gillespie has utilized Gillespie Foundation funds to assess the impact of population growth on biodiversity using remote sensing in tropical dry forests.
On June 3rd, in Washington DC, and in New York on June 8th, the Gillespie Foundation hosted dinners with feminist, reproductive health and family planning professionals. Each of the invited attendees have at least 43 years of experience in delivering health and contraceptive services.