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Implementing Cairo conference goals tough task, says Jamaica's Population Unit Manager Easton Williams.
PEOPLE. 1998 Feb; 7(1):13.Some countries which have tried to implement the action program approved by the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) report having only limited success. Jamaica is in the process of redefining its national plan of action for population programs to make it more consistent with the ICPD consensus, despite having some difficulty classifying under which sector issues such as maternal care or children's health fall. Meanwhile, programs are being created to address adolescent fertility. An overall shortage of funds for development is, however, frustrating the implementation of population programs in Jamaica. While population programs are better funded than social programs, they are less funded than economic development programs. Mexico has been working to integrate family planning with health care, and is also integrating population education into the basic school curriculum and creating special counseling programs for teenagers. A forum to be held in the Netherlands in February 1999 will have participants from 120 countries discussing adolescent reproductive health, reproductive health and rights, the involvement of civil society in implementing the Cairo Program of Action, and population and microeconomic linkages.