The central planners’ strategy is simply to dump over 4 billion dollars worth of contraceptives on poor countries. Says Life News:
White Ribbon Alliance is implying, of course, that all we have to do is flood Chad (and the rest of Africa) with contraception, and the MMR will miraculously plunge. This simplistic and very dangerous assumption will cost many more lives than it saves, because it entirely neglects far more effective maternal lifesaving measures ― such as prenatal care, attended childbirth in a clean environment and surgical care for obstetric complications.
And that’s to say nothing of the Law of Unintended Consequences – the bane of every central planner. One Nigerian woman, however, lacks the hubris to blind her to these devastating overlooked consequences:
One of these was a Nigerian mother who said in an open letter to Melinda Gates:
With her incredible wealth she wants to replace the legacy of an African woman (which is her child) with the legacy of child-free sex. … Even at a glance, anyone could see that the unlimited and easy availability of contraceptives in Africa would surely increase infidelity and sexual promiscuity as sex is presented by this multi-billion dollar project as a casual pleasure sport that can indeed come with no strings ― or babies ― attached. … I see this $4.6 billion buying us misery. I see it buying us unfaithful husbands. I see it buying us streets devoid of the innocent chatter of children. I see it buying us disease and untimely death. I see it buying us a retirement without the tender loving care of our children. Please, Melinda, listen to the heart-felt cry of an African woman and mercifully channel your funds to pay for what we REALLY need.
What Africans really need are food, medical care, clean water and, in the long-run, political stability, the protection of human rights, most especially the rights to property and to life, and investment into physical capital like machinery and tools and the development of Africans’ skills, knowledge and productive experience. Africans don’t “need” contraception because the solution to human misery is never to remove humans from the equation. The solution is charity and investment that work to remove widespread poverty and ignorance from the equation.