Since 1982, the Maternal and Child Health and Family Planning Extension Project has compiled longitudinal panel data on rural women’s contact with household service providers who visit homes to discuss family planning and offer services to women on request. This study tests the hypothesis that home-based services reinforce customs of purdah (female seclusion) by sustaining the dependency and isolation of the women served by the program. Results show that household services improve women’s status. This effect is largely attributable to the impact of outreach on effective fertility regulation. Findings do not support the hypothesis that household service delivery is detrimental to women’s status in Bangladesh. Policy implications of this research are discussed.
Phillips, James F. and Mian Bazle Hossain. 1998. "The impact of family planning household service delivery on women's status in Bangladesh," Policy Research Division Working Paper no. 118. New York: Population Council.