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    755662

    Report on our observation trip to Thailand about Depo-Provera and mini-lap.

    VAN DER BLUGT G

    [Unpublished] 1975. 21 p.

    Depo-Provera has not been used on a widespread basis in the Philippines because the Federal Drug Administration has not approved it, and a large share of their family planning budget is funded by USAID. Although Governor Luiz made Depo-Provera available to 800 acceptors; it was too expensive to compete with free contraceptives. On a trip to Thailand Governor Luiz witnessed the long-term effects of a Depo-Provera program begun in 1965: fewer children and better living conditions. Laparoscopy is too expensive an operation in training and instruments required to be used in the Philippines. Mini-lap is effective and inexpensive. A Thai doctor taught a Philippine doctor the procedure in only 2 operations. The Philippine doctor can train many others quickly, and equipment can be manufactured locally.
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