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    Pakistan. South Asia Region.

    International Planned Parenthood Federation [IPPF]

    IPPF COUNTRY PROFILES. 1992 Jan; 19-24.

    A country profile of demographic/statistical data, social and health aspects, and government policies and program in Pakistan particularly as they relate to family planning is presented by the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF). Finding current population growth too high and impeding of development, the government enacted a population policy in 1991 aimed at reducing population growth to 2.5% in 10 years. An integrated approach will stress population education in secondary schools, the use of mobile services to promote birth spacing and provide maternal-child health care, and the provision of services through government facilities and family welfare centers. The Family Planning Association (FPA) of Pakistan was created in 1953, and became a member of the IPPF in 1954. It promotes family planning through education, clinics, and the use of male community institutions, and is the main provider of services. The organization also campaigns for both more government involvement in family planning and improvements in the status of women. 16% of married women practice contraception. Female sterilization is the most popular method, followed by condoms. with husband's consent, sterilization is permitted for married women with at least 2-3 children. Abortion is legal only to save a woman's life. Family planning constraints, education, demographic trends, health issues, status of women, contraceptive availability and accessibility, and the operations and funding of the family planning association are fully discussed.
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