Population Control Campaign Targets College Students in Tanzania, Africa

International   |   Krista Schmid Thomas   |   Mar 18, 2015   |   10:11AM   |   Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania

Population control-inspired “reproductive health” training programs are underway at Tanzanian universities this month, warned Emil Hagamu, director of English-speaking Africa for Human Life International. The pro-life advocate is warning students enrolled in colleges and universities to beware the ideology that underlies the programs targeting students from ages 19 to 24.

A recent article from IPP Media confirmed that Engender-Health Institute, supported by USAID, will conduct the reproductive health campaign at Mzumbe University, Dodoma University, and Kolandoto College of Health Sciences in Tanzania.

The stated goal of Engender Health’s campaign is to promote students’ “understanding about contraceptives that reduce unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections (STIs).” The peer-to-peer program also has as its goal the attempt to curb Tanzania’ high birth rate, which population controllers say will lead to a spike in population growth within the next 5 decades.

Mr. Hagamu says that to run population control programs in the name of “family planning” is disingenuous and misleading. For decades, eugenicist elites in the Northern Hemisphere have sought to stop Africans from having children; only moving away from the language of “population control” to that of “reproductive health” in the last couple of decades.

“Students need to pursue their educational goals and not engage in ‘family planning’ sessions that consist of contraception and abortion services propaganda,” he said.

Instead of educational materials that promote drug-free fertility awareness methods of family planning and chastity, Mr. Hagamu charges that the Engender-Health Institute’s reproductive health campaign is a another way to create demand for contraceptives and abortifacient drugs that will contribute to infertility and mental health issues, increased STI rates, and increased calls for the legalization of abortion.

Poor countries have long been targeted by Marie Stopes and International Planned Parenthood promoting new anti-life ideologies that, he said, “treat fertility like a disease that needs medication.”


University students are manipulated to believe that the well-funded training programs will curb poverty and empower women, Mr. Hagamu said.

“Tanzanians may not fully understand the danger to their bodies and souls when they adopt the contraceptive mentality. Dangerous contraceptive drugs do nothing to prevent HIV, and are opposed to faith, life, and family. Warning them of these dangers will hopefully help to save our people, our country.”

LifeNews Note: Krista Schmid Thomas is the communications manager at Human Life International.