Bangladesh has a successful family planning (FP) program and has succeeded in bringing about a demographic transition at a much faster rate than many of its neighboring countries. The contraceptive prevalence rate in Bangladesh increased from 3 percent in 1971 to 45 percent in 1993, and the fertility rate decreased from 7.0 to 3.4 births per woman during the same period. This reflects the effort that the Government of Bangladesh, with the help of international agencies, has made to educate couples about FP and increase access and choice of contraceptive methods, even in remote areas. Another predominantly Muslim country that has achieved remarkable success in FP is Indonesia which has had unprecedented economic growth in recent years. A visit to these countries to study their FP programs provided opportunities to closely observe activities that have contributed to this success. The Population Council, under the Asia and Near East Operations Research and Technical Assistance (ANE OR/TA) project funded by USAID, organized a study tour of Bangladesh and Indonesia for Indian officials, and results are provided in this report.
Khan, M.E., Jayanti Tuladhar, R.B. Gupta, Ubaidur Rob, and Meiwita B. Iskandar. 1998. "Observations from a study tour of Bangladesh and Indonesia on their family welfare programme," Final Report. New Delhi: Population Council.
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