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Insight - West Africa population planners battle to woo Muslim hearts

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by Reuters
Thursday, 30 November 2017 12:14 GMT

For planners worried about growth rates, the starkest case remains Niger

  • Resistance to birth control from conservative clerics

  • Planners try to co-opt moderate Imams to help with message

  • Many see population policy as Western plot against Muslims

  • GRAPHIC-Family planning in West Africa: http://tmsnrt.rs/2zWftuY

By Tim Cocks

DAKAR/LIBORE, Niger, Nov 30 (Reuters) - Mabingue Ngom, the head of the U.N. Population Fund in West Africa, knows that if he wants to cut birth rates he can't ignore religion.

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