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Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, FHI, 2002.  p. (FHI Research Brief No. 6; RB-02-06E)Community-based workers worldwide use checklists to determine whether women are medically eligible to use combined oral contraceptives (COCs) or depot-medroxyprogesterone acetate (DMPA). However, problems may arise when outdated and inaccurate checklists are used. With input from dozens of experts, Family Health International developed new checklists that are easily understandable and consistent with the World Health Organization's (WHO) medical eligibility requirements. (author's)
World Health. 1979 Jan; 16-9.In 1968 the Planned Parenthood Federation of Korea in conjunction with the Monistry of Health and Social Affairs began to organize mothers' clubs at the village level for the purpose of distributing oral contraceptives. The effect of these clubs on the life of Korean village women has been revolutionary. Prior to the establishment of the clubs village women spent most of their time confined to their homes, were accorded little status, and had little influence in village affairs. The clubs provided women with an opportunity to visit together and to talk about their common problems. As a result, they were inspired to develop a variety of self-help cooperative activities. For example the women of Chultongwon initiated a savings union and a cooperative store. The money they earned from these activities was used to bring electricity to their village. Some clubs have also developed their own health insurance plans. These activities have not only enhanced the status of women in the villages but have improved the quality of life for all villagers. These changes in turn have had a positive effect on family planning endeavors. By 1977 almost 70,000 local clubs had been established with a membership of approximately 2 1/2 million women.
New York, UNFPA, June 1979. (Report No. 13) 151 pThis report is intended to serve, and has already to some extent so served, as part of the background material used by the United Nations Fund for Population Activities to evaluate project proposals as they relate to basic country needs for population assistance to Thailand, and in broader terms to define priorities of need in working towards eventual self-reliance in implementing the country's population activities. The function of the study is to determine the extent to which activities in the field of population provide Thailand with the fundamental capacity to deal with major population problems in accordance with its development policies. The assessment of population activities in Thailand involves a 3-fold approach. The main body of the report examines 7 categories of population activities rather broadly in the context of 10 elements considered to reflect effect ve government action. The 7 categories of population activities are: 1) basic data collection; 2) population dynamics; 3) formulation and evaluation of population policies and programs; 4) implementation of policies; 5) family planning programs; 6) communication a and education; and 7) special programs. The 10 elements comprise: 1) decennial census of population, housing, and agriculture; 2) an effective registration system; 3) assessment of the implications of population trends; 4) formulation of a comprehensive national population policy; 5) implementation of action programs integrated with related programs of economic and social development; 6) continued reduction in the population growth rate; 7) effective utilization of the services of private and voluntary organizations in action programs; 8) a central administrative unit to coordinate action programs; 9) evaluation of the national capacity in technical training, research, and production of equipment and supplies; and 10) maintenance of continuing liason and cooperation with other countries and with regional and international organizations.
Presented at the National Conference on Population Management as a Factor in Development including Family Planning, Maseru, Lesotho, April 26-29, 1979. 7 pWomen in many parts of Africa have low status, low literacy levels, feel isolated, and are not recognized for their contributions to national development. If programs can be designed to offer women in developing countries an alternative to motherhood, their status can be raised and the birth rate dropped at the same time. Women should be included in all development planning. Family planning programs should be integrated into other, broader programs. Women should be provided with family planning education, allowed to discuss with and motivate each other, and taught the skills and knowledge to communicate family planning to young people. Family planning programs could be integrated with maternal and child health, nutrition, and literacy programs. The work of women's organizations in these areas is cited. Examples of programs which have successfully integrated family planning into other development areas are cited. The International Planned Parenthood Federation has long been involved in promoting the role of women in family planning development.
Asian and Pacific Population Programme News. 1977; 6(4):24-25.In Nepal the promotion of activities aimed at improving the skills and status of women was formerly the task of the national organization, Mahila Sangathan, but is now the responsibility of the newly created Subcommittee for Women's Affairs. The subcommittee operates under the guidance of the Co-ordinating Council for Social Services under the sponsorship of Her Majesty the Queen. The subcommittee cooperates through chapters located in each of the country's 75 districts. Many of these chapters are actively engaged in 1) promoting family planning via door to door campaigns and through training local women for family planning motivational work; 2) stimulating the production and marketing of crafts made by women; 3) providing legal assistance to women; and 4) conducting literacy programs for approximately 10,000 women. A new headquarters for the subcommittee is being built with UNESCO assistance. The committee hopes to establish a library in the new building since a lack of reading material is hindering progress in its literacy program.