Council Commentary

The Population Council pays tribute to former trustee and champion of reproductive rights, Fred Sai

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The Population Council mourns the death of Dr. Frederick T. Sai, reproductive rights champion and former Trustee of the Population Council. 

Dr. Sai was a physician by training working in Ghana and internationally serving as an early pioneer of sexual and reproductive health and rights around the world. He co-founded the Planned Parenthood Association of Ghana in 1967, served as the president of the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) during the 1990’s, and went on to advise the Population Council, the World Bank and other intergovernmental and nongovernment organizations on population and reproductive health.

He is renowned for creating and bringing to life the two major international UN conferences on population and development. He also chaired the Mexico City conference in 1984 and also the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), which inspired a new vision and action plan about the relationships between population, development and individual well-being. This plan has continued to serve as comprehensive guide to people-centered development progress. 

Dr. Sai served on the Population Council’s Board of Trustees. His insight, experience, and intellect helped shape the direction of the Council’s family planning and reproductive health research portfolio. We are grateful for his enduring contribution to the Population Council and to the fields of family planning and population development are monumental. He will be forever missed.