Steven Sinding takes up post of IPPF Director-General

Posted: 29 August 2002

Dr Steven Sinding has now taken up the post of Director-General of the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), with a pledge to revive the 'brave and angry' spirit of the early pioneers.

Dr Sinding, who takes over from Mrs Ingar Brueggemann, has had an impressive career in the service of population and reproductive health programmes.

From 1991 to 1999, he was Director of the Population Sciences programme at the Rockefeller Foundation. The Foundation supported a $17 million annual programme of grants for social science and biomedical research and international policy work to mobilize additional resources for programmes in developing countries.

From 1990 to 1991, Dr Sinding was also the World Bank's senior population advisor.

Over the years, Dr Sinding has visited more than 70 countries, including about 20 in Africa and nearly all countries in Asia, and has worked in many of them for short periods of time.

Dr Sinding has written extensively on international population issues and is called upon frequently to lecture to both academic and general audiences on international population issues.

Dr Sinding has a longstanding interest in US international development policy and was co-sponsor and co-author of the Overseas Development Council's white papers, Re-Inventing Foreign Aid in 1992, and What Future for Aid? in 1996.the Rockefeller Foundation, the World Bank, and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and morerecently as an academic at Columbia University. He is a widely acclaimed lecturer, author, and generator of global projects on population-relatedsubjects.

'Time to be brave and angry once more'

Dr. Sinding is unequivocal about the responsibility he will take on asIPPF's Director-General.

"When it comes to today's most difficult and controversial issues, I'm determined to move IPPF back to the 'brave and angry' attitude of itspioneers."

"This is a time when millions of people in the third world are clamouring for more contraceptives and health workers are short of condoms to fight the spread of HIV/AIDS. It's no time to be apathetic about contentious issues.

"Every year nearly 80 million unintended pregnancies occur worldwide, and every minute, one woman dies of pregnancy-related complications, many of these are adolescents. Last year 2.5 million people died of AIDS. Worldpopulation is set to grow by 50 percent in the next 50 years - a rise of more than 3 billion people - and half the world currently exists on less than $2 a day.

"IPPF is giving me the opportunity to focus my life's experience in advocacy, fund raising and research on addressing these staggering needs."

In a recent interview with Earth Times, he stressed the importance for IPPF of "adolescence, HIV/AIDS, and abortion, and advocacy on behalf of all of them - this is where IPPF needs to be in the forefront. I call them the 'four A's' You could add access to reproductive health services for the most marginalized groups, and it would be 'five A's'."

Link: IPPF.