Bangladesh experienced large population growth in the past, but due to a successful family planning program, the total fertility rate (TFR) declined rapidly until the mid-nineties. Over the last decade, the country experienced a slow pace in fertility decline with a small increase in the contraceptive prevalence rate (CPR). This slow pace in fertility decline is causing serious concern for reaching replacement level fertility by 2015. CPR increased seven-fold from 1975 to 2000, but there was no significant increase from 2000-09, demonstrating the weakness of present program efforts. This raises concern among researchers, policymakers, and program managers about the prospect of further fertility reduction in the near future. Strengthening the national family planning program remains a critical challenge. The Population Council organized a workshop to find answers to a key question: What opportunities and challenges lie ahead for the family planning program to address future needs. Recommendations made at the workshop are described in this workshop report.
Rob, Ubaidur, Md. Noorunnabi Talukder, and A.K.M. Zafar Ullah Khan. 2010. "Future of family planning program in Bangladesh: Issues and challenges," Workshop report. Dhaka: Population Council.
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