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    Sri Lanka. South Asia Region.

    International Planned Parenthood Federation [IPPF]

    IPPF COUNTRY PROFILES. 1992 Jan; 25-30.

    A country profile of demographic/statistical data, social and health aspects, and government policies and programs in Sri Lanka particularly as they relate to family planning is presented by the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF). The government regards current population growth as too high, and provides subsidized clinics, contraceptives, and monetary incentives for sterilization. The Family Planning Association (FPA) of Sri Lanka was created in 1953, and became a member of the IPPF in 1954. It emphasizes motivation and contraceptive distribution, operates 2 clinics, a rural family health project, and provides for educational, contraceptive social marketing, and sterilization programs. The organization generally plays a limited role in the delivery of family planning, with these projects serving to supplement government programs. 62% of married women practice contraception, with 40% using modern methods. Female sterilization is the most popular method, followed by male sterilization and oral contraceptives. 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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