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Aktion Regen, why?

Fami­ly plan­ning is reco­gni­zed by the United Nati­ons as a human right and a deve­lop­ment prio­ri­ty!

The popu­la­ti­on of Afri­ca will dou­ble to 4.3 bil­li­on by 2050!

Half of the popu­la­ti­on of Afri­ca is under 16 and in repro­duc­tive age!

On average, an Afri­can woman has 5 child­ren!

43% of all pregnan­ci­es in deve­lo­ping coun­tries are unwan­ted. That affec­ts about 89 mil­li­on women a year. This leads to 48 mil­li­on abor­ti­ons, ten mil­li­on mis­car­ria­ges and one mil­li­on still­births!

200 mil­li­on women are geni­tal­ly muti­la­ted!

Every day, 830 women die from pre­ven­ta­ble birth com­pli­ca­ti­ons. Pregnan­cy com­pli­ca­ti­ons are the lea­ding cau­se of death for young women aged 15 to 19 world­wi­de!

214 mil­li­on women in deve­lo­ping coun­tries have no access to con­tracep­ti­ves!

Fami­ly plan­ning can slow down cli­ma­te chan­ge: Fami­ly plan­ning avo­ids unwan­ted pregnan­ci­es and con­se­quent­ly unwan­ted births, which redu­ces the total popu­la­ti­on and thus avo­ids glo­bal green­house gas emis­si­ons due to lower demand for goods and ser­vices!


The human popu­la­ti­on across the Afri­can con­ti­nent cur­r­ent­ly stands at 1.2 bil­li­on. This num­ber is expec­ted to dou­ble by 2050. This high popu­la­ti­on growth can be attri­bu­t­ed in part to a lack of know­ledge and access to fami­ly plan­ning. We belie­ve edu­ca­ti­on sur­roun­ding fami­ly plan­ning is essen­ti­al in lif­ting peop­le out of pover­ty.
Aktion Regen
  • 30 years of prac­ti­cal know­ledge trans­fers
  • 5 Big Rain Tools for taboo-free edu­ca­ti­on of fami­ly plan­ning and sexu­al and repro­duc­tive health
  • 600 trai­ned Rain Workers
  • Pro­jec­ts in 12 Afri­can coun­tries (Sene­gal, Gui­nea, Bur­ki­na Faso, Gha­na, Nige­ria, Ethio­pia, Sudan, Kenya, Ugan­da, Rwan­da, Burun­di, Tan­za­nia)
  • 500 000 peop­le recei­ved valu­able infor­ma­ti­on regar­ding fami­ly plan­ning sin­ce 2009
Rain Worker

Akti­on Regen works tog­e­ther with local part­ner orga­ni­za­ti­ons to con­duct know­ledge trans­fer work­shops regar­ding fami­ly plan­ning.

We work with Rain Workers, mem­bers of the local com­mu­ni­ty, who we pro­vi­de with sexu­al and repro­duc­tive health and fami­ly plan­ning trai­ning. The­se peop­le act as mul­ti­pliers, car­ry­ing the know­ledge they acqui­red into dif­fe­rent com­mu­nities, schools and health care faci­li­ties.

By trai­ning peop­le who sha­re with others what they have lear­ned, we are able to have a far lar­ger impact. Our Rain Workers pass on the tools nee­ded to live a self-deter­mi­ned life, and the oppor­tu­ni­ty fami­ly plan­ning pres­ents, to secu­re a brigh­ter future.


We sha­re know­ledge about fami­ly plan­ning, sexu­al and repro­duc­tive health, HIV / AIDS pre­ven­ti­on and FGM.

Our goal is to sha­re know­ledge with peop­le who have had few edu­ca­tio­nal oppor­tu­nities, in order for them to make the most infor­med decisi­ons regar­ding their lives and to enab­le them to escape from pover­ty.

Fami­ly plan­ning is key to having a self-deter­mi­ned life. By pro­vi­ding access to fami­ly plan­ning, we give each per­son the tools to deci­de for them­sel­ves what their own future should look like. Sharing this mes­sa­ge with as many peop­le as we can, is at the core of our mis­si­on at Akti­on Regen.

big 5 rain Tools

Dr. Maria Hengst­ber­ger deve­lo­ped 5 easi­ly com­pre­hen­si­ble edu­ca­tio­nal tools, that make infor­ma­ti­on easy to under­stand and sha­re with others, visi­ble, and liter­al­ly tan­gi­ble.

Our 5 Big Rain Tools illus­tra­te the fema­le mens­tru­al cycle, pro­vi­de a rep­re­sen­ta­ti­on of the fema­le repro­duc­tive organs (ther­e­by remo­ving them from taboo-sta­tus), rai­se awa­reness on fami­ly plan­ning, and exp­lain the health impli­ca­ti­ons of fema­le geni­tal muti­la­ti­on and why it must be con­si­de­red a human rights vio­la­ti­on.

dr. med. maria Hengstberger

Sharing know­ledge with others means sharing free­dom”, is the mot­to of Dr. Hengst­ber­ger, the gynae­co­lo­gist who foun­ded Akti­on Regen in 1989.

During a work trip to Ethio­pia, she wit­nessed first-hand the hardships many peop­le, espe­ci­al­ly women, faced. In respon­se she deve­lo­ped the con­cept: know­ledge as a chan­ce.

The word “Regen” (Eng­lish: Rain) sym­bo­li­zes the con­ti­nuous sup­port Akti­on Regen pro­vi­des through its know­ledge trans­fer pro­gram­mes. In line with the mot­to “water to the roots”, know­ledge is seen as giving peop­le the pos­si­bi­li­ty to live a more self-deter­mi­ned life.


Akti­on Regen’s goals are in line with the UN Sustainab­le Deve­lop­ment Goals (SDGs) 2030 Agen­da.

By pro­vi­ding qua­li­ty edu­ca­ti­on (Goal 4) regar­ding sexu­al and repro­duc­tive health and fami­ly plan­ning we can estab­lish bet­ter health and well-being for all (Goal 3) and pro­mo­te gen­der equa­li­ty and empower­ment of all women and girls (Goal 5). Local part­nerships pro­vi­de oppor­tu­nities (Goal 17) that help achie­ve the first sustainab­le deve­lop­ment goal, name­ly glo­bal pover­ty reduc­tion (Goal 1).

Why Akti­on Regen?
Mama­dou Koné
Mali, Aus­tria
Hono­ra­ry Con­sul of Mali, Akti­on Regen Trai­ner and Pro­ject Mana­ger for Mali

Enab­ling access to fami­ly plan­ning not only increa­ses individual’s auto­no­my, it is also the ans­wer to many of the eco­no­mic, soci­al, demo­gra­phic, and envi­ron­men­tal issu­es of our time.

dany sigel 2
Dany Sigel

It is important to note cul­tu­re, tra­di­ti­on, and reli­gi­on when under­ta­king deve­lop­ment work, as the­se fac­tors deter­mi­ne individual’s lives and respon­ses to new infor­ma­ti­on. Akti­on Regen works with local Rain Workers to sha­re infor­ma­ti­on that is acces­si­ble, sui­ta­ble to cul­tu­ral con­texts and under­stand­a­ble.

Sam Bbo­sa
Rain Worker

If we can imple­ment fami­ly plan­ning pro­grams ear­ly, we can save lives and pre­vent ill­ness, espe­ci­al­ly among women and girls. I am proud to be an Akti­on Regen Rain Worker!

Miss Glo­ria
Rain Worker

Maria has always told us “grab your future”. I am proud to be a Rain Worker and to spread the know­ledge on fami­ly plan­ning. It is for our future!

OUR PROJECTS 2019/2020

The more women who recei­ve know­ledge regar­ding fer­ti­li­ty and child­birth, and thus can make infor­med decisi­ons and take their lives in their own hands, the easier it is for pro­spe­ri­ty, gen­der equa­li­ty, vio­lence pre­ven­ti­on, and over­all peace to be estab­lished. Fami­ly plan­ning is key to a self-deter­mi­ned life. Pas­sing this mes­sa­ge on to all women and girls and rai­sing awa­reness regar­ding fami­ly plan­ning is at the core of our mis­si­on at Akti­on Regen. In 2019/20 we seek to sha­re this mes­sa­ge in the fol­lo­wing coun­tries: