Senior Population Advisor Aided by POPLINE Database to Inform Family Planning Research
How does a population advisor working in a non-academic setting survive without access to a library or subscription databases? Eltigani E. Eltigani, Senior Population Advisor assigned to the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Economy and Planning by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, uses the free POPLINE resource not only to stay up-to-date on the latest developments in the field, but also for assistance in many of his daily tasks.
Maintained by the Knowledge for Health (K4Health) Project, POPLINE comprises the world’s most in-depth collection of population, family planning, and related reproductive health and development literature. Through POPLINE, program managers, policy makers, and advisors like Eltigani gain access to scientific articles, technical publications, unpublished documents, and project reports that inform their program design and advocacy methods.
Since first discovering POPLINE nearly 30 years ago while working on his Demography PhD from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Eltigani has been a committed user. “For me personally, I wouldn’t be able to function as a professional without POPLINE,” he noted. Whenever he has a new project, POPLINE is always the starting point in his research process. For example, while working in Egypt on a paper comparing population transition in Egypt and Tunisia, he found a great deal of literature in POPLINE on population policy and programs in Tunisia that ultimately led to his publication, “Toward replacement fertility in Egypt and Tunisia.”
Eltigani is currently focusing on demonstrating the necessity of increasing female participation in the labor force to reap the benefits of the demographic dividend in Saudi Arabia. He plans to continue using POPLINE in the future for both his research activities and his daily work.