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New York, International Planned Parenthood Federation, Western Hemisphere Region, September 1975. 149 pThe primary focus in this 4th edition in the series of annual "overviews" of the contraceptive services in the Western Hemisphere Region of the International Planned Parenthood Federation is on clinical facilities, medical and paramedical services, and on the delivery of contraceptive methods by family planning programs. Family planning services link information on methods for spacing or limiting children to their availability, and they provide education on the advantages of contracepting. They seek to motivate acceptors to continue their chosen method. Counseling and information and education activities, although an integral component of family planning programs, are not included among the topics considered in the "Overview." In the Western Hemisphere Region, the most notable innovation has involved the community-based distribution of contraceptives (CBD), and for the 1st time, non-clinical distribution of contraceptives by associations in the region is a part of the "Overview." The Annual Reports submitted by IPPF affiliates and published and unpublished data from other programs are the primary sources of statistics for this report. Information for 1973 encompassed 29 associations related to IPPF and 4 other programs, and for 1974, 28 associations and 5 other programs could be covered. As for clinical input of family planning programs, the affiliates reported to the Regional Office of IPPF the number and types of clinics, weekly session hours, hours of medical and paramedical personnel. Data on the output of clinical activities of family planning programs for the calendar year were limited to 1st visits or new acceptors by methods, 1st revisits of the year or continuing (old) acceptors by method, number of revisits by old and new acceptors by method, demographic characteristics of new acceptors by method, and voluntary male and female sterilization performed or referred. Data on contraceptive services and clinical activities are summarized and presented in the form of tables.
Family Planning Perspectives. September-October 1976; 8(5):231-240.At the end of fiscal year 1974, about 2.5 million low- and marginal-income nonmetropolitan women, or about 3/4 of all such women in the United States, had no access to family planning services from either private physicians or organized clinic programs. By this time, 3/4 of the counties in the U.S. had a family planning service center, but this included 91% of all metropolitan and only 72% of all nonmetropolitan counties. Although there are wide disparities in service levels among states, need was concentrated in nonmetropolitan counties of the South and the East North Central region. The statistics are tabulated, graphed, and mapped. Private physicians seemed to be supplying a small percentage of the nonmetropolitan family planning needs. Physician shortages mean that this trend will continue in the future. Health department programs and hospitals will have to meet the need. Coordinated action on the part of national, state, and local agencies will be necessary. Priority should be given to supplying the larger nonmetropolitan counties, perhaps with mobile units or paraprofessional personnel.
New York, International Planned Parenthood Federation, Western Hemisphere Region, Medical Division, September 1975. 49 pThis is a compilation of family planning services provided by associations operating in the Western Hemisphere Region. Separate tables are compiled for 1973 and 1974. A list of each family planning program included in the study is appended to the report. The report does not guarantee the completeness or accuracy of the data; problems with reliability of data point up the necessity for a system of standardized record-keeping. Tables cover program input in the form of clinical facilities, medical and paramedical services, and the delivery of contraceptive methods by family planning programs and community-based distribution systems. Charts on program output include information on acceptor characteristics, numbers of new and continuing acceptors, numbers of voluntary sterilizations, and percentages of other methods in use.
Overview of the medical and clinical activities performed by the family planning associations of the Western Hemisphere Region, January 1-December 31, 1971.
New York, International Planned Parenthood Federation, Western Hemishpere Region, . 8 p.An attempt to provide a comparison of the activities of the family planning associations within the Western Hemisphere Region based on submissions by the 30 member associations of IPPF-WHR with the exception of Canada for which data were not available is presented. Data include number of family planning clinics, approximate population in each clinic area, number of 1st visits in 1971 expressed as a total and by method accepted, number of follow-up visits in 1971 by total and method, total visits in 1971 by method, year family planning association was founded or when services began and new acceptors accumulated since the beginning of services through December 31, 1971 by method.