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ENTRE NOUS. 1988 Oct; (12):10-2.Beginning in the 1960s, the Turkish government placed a emphasis on the importance of family planning in an effort to improve maternal and child health (MCH) services. While the IUD has proven adequate for women in Turkey, insertion and proper use have created problems. The IUD program has had difficulty in gaining the acceptance of male physicians in Turkey, and because there are few female physicians in the country, a problem with implementation of the program arose. 1 solution suggested that non-physician personnel learn to insert the IUD and be able to examine IUD patients. Assistant nurse-midwives were surveyed in a 3-phase project carried out by the staff of the Department of Public Health of Hacettepe University in Ankara with WHO. In the 1st phase, a training method was created with competence comparison of the assistant midwives to physicians following in the 2nd phase. The 3rd phase of the project studied the use of non-physician services throughout the country. It was found that assistant nurse-midwives were equally capable of IUD insertions and check-ups and that IUD services can now reach rural areas of the country beyond the range of traditional medical services.