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PEOPLE. 1992; 19(1):26-8.Despite much time and effort, the Irish Family Planning Association (FPA) has had to abandon several of its projects under its 5-year plan, due to severe financial strains and political opposition. In 1990, the Irish FPA embarked on a new initiative, the Challenges Project of the IPPF. The FPA drafted a strategic plan, but factors outside the strategic planning process have frustrated the efforts to implement the plan. One such factor is the perilous state of finances of the FPA. The FPA has seen a decline in condom sales, and the government continues to refuse payment for indigent clients who receive free clinical services from FPA. In addition to a decline in income, FPA was prosecuted in May 1990 for selling a condom from its stand located in a large record store in Dublin -- a place frequented by young people. In February 1991, the government again prosecuted FPA for the same offense. This time, the FPA went on the political offensive and succeeded in winning an admission from Ireland's prime minister that the current laws on the distribution of condoms were outdated. The government's proposal for change, however, has been disappointing. Predictably, these financial and political obstacles have disrupted the implementation of the 5-year initiative. Having left the legal ordeal behind, the FPA's planning committee has begun to meet again to discuss the implementation of the program. Sadly, the committee has had to revise or completely discard many of its most ambitious projects, since most of the organization's resources are currently being used to prevent bankruptcy. Despite these problems, the organization looks towards the future with optimism.
[Unpublished] 1991.  p.Jose G. Rimon, II, Project Director for the Johns Hopkins University Population Communication Services (JHU/PCS) Center for Communication Programs, visited Finland to attend a NORPLANT planning meeting. Meeting discussion focused upon issues involved in expanding NORPLANT programs from pre-introductory trials to broader national programs. Financing and maintaining quality of care were issues of central importance for the meeting. Participants included representative from NORPLANT development organizations, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the World Bank, and other donor agencies. Mr. Rimon was specifically invited to make a presentation on the role of information, education, and communication (IEC) on NORPLANT with a focus upon future IEC activities. The presentation included discussion of the need to develop a strategic position for NORPLANT among potential customers and within the service provide community, the feasibility of global strategies positioning in the context of country-specific variations, the need to identify market niches, the need for managing the image of NORPLANT, and the need to study IEC implications in terms of supply-side IEC, content/style harmonization, materials volume, and language and quality control. Participants collectively agreed to develop an informal group to address these issues, concentrating upon universal issues potentially addressed on a global scale. A meeting on strategic positioning is scheduled for August 19-20, 1991.
London, International Planned Parenthood Federation, Europe Region, 1984 Jun. 122 p.Reflections, speculations, and partial evaluations of work already undertaken in the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) Europe Region concerning migrants and planned parenthood are presented. This project, initiated by the Federal Republic of Germany Planned Parenthood Association (PPA), PRO FAMILIA, stemmed from the practical experiences and problems of 1 family planning association in the Europe region. The original substantive framework, consisting of data collection and correspondence, plenary meetings, and subworking group meetings on specific areas of interest, was not altered. Throughout the project, as the work was accomplished, the emphasis shifted to different aspects to migrant work. The 1st questionnaire was intended to provide a sociodemographic profile of the participating countries, a show European migratory movements, and ascertain the ethnicity of the target groups in the different countries. The 2nd questionnaire was related specifically to PPA and/or other family planning center's data and activities and attempted to explore PPA attitudes toward migrant clients, when special facilities for migrants were provided, and whether PPAs felt there was a particular need for such services. The report provides a sociodemographic background of migration in Europe. In addition it includes information from donor countries and recipient countries, examining family planning services in the Federal Republic of Germany and the UK. It also covers training; information, education, and communication; adolescence and 2nd generation migrants; and migrant work. It is necessary to be particularly aware of political sensitivities in treating immigrant fertility regulation. Ideally, the aim is to provide an integrated service for migrants and natives both, catering to individual needs. Until this is feasible, the goal must be to work toward an integrated service, recognizing the needs and providing special services where possible if this is judged tobe the best approach to catering to those needs. Migrant needs must be discovered rather than assumed. Better use should be made of the available printed material, which should be utilized to complement oral information where possible. Experience has shown that family planning personnel working with migrants need additional training. The main components of this training should include self-awareness, insight, and knowledge.