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New York, New York, UNFPA, . ix, 81 p.Rapid population growth is an obstacle to Vietnam's socioeconomic development. Accordingly, the Government of Vietnam has adopted a population policy aimed at reducing the population growth rate through family planning programs encouraging increased age at 1st birth, birthspacing of 3-5 years, and a family norm of 1-2 children. TFR presently holds at 4, despite declines over the past 2 decades. Current mortality rates are also high, yet expected to continue declining in the years ahead. A resettlement policy also exists, and is aimed at reconfiguring present spatial distribution imbalances. Again, the main thrust of the population program is family planning. The government hopes to lower the annual population growth rate to under 1.8% by the year 2000. Achieving this goal will demand comprehensive population and development efforts targeted to significantly increase the contraceptive prevalence rate. Issues, steps, and recommendations for action are presented and discussed for institutional development strategy; program management and coordination and external assistance; population data collection and analysis; population dynamics and policy formulation; maternal and child health/family planning; information, education and communication; and women, population, and development. Support from UNFPA's 1992-1995 program of assistance should continue and build upon the current program. The present focus upon women, children, grass-roots, and rural areas is encouraged, while more attention is suggested to motivating men and mobilizing communities. Finally, the program is relevant and applicable at both local and national levels.
International Family Planning Perspectives. 1991 Sep; 17(3):108-13.South Asia consisting of Bangladesh, India, Nepal Pakistan, and Sri Lanka, claims 1/5 to total world population with expected population growth of at least 200 million by the year 2000. Taking issue with assumptions behind World Bank (WB) and United Nations (UN) population projections for the region, the authors make less optimistic assumptions of country fertility and mortality trends when running population projections for the region. Following discussion of methodological issues for and analysis of population projections, the paper's alternate assumptions and projection results are presented and discussed. Projections were made for each country of the region over the period 1985-2010, based on assumptions that only very modest fertility declines and improvements in life expectancy would develop over most of the 1990s. South Asian population would therefore grow from over 1 billion in 1985, to 1.4 billion by 2000, and almost 1.8 billion by 2010. Overall slower fertility decline than assumed for the UN and WB projections point to larger population growth with momentum for continued, larger growth through the 21st century. Rapid, substantial population growth as envisioned by these projections will impede movement toward an urban-industrial economy, with a burgeoning labor force exceeding the absorptive capacity of the modern sector. Job seekers will pile up in agriculture and the informal sector. Demands upon the government to deliver education and health services will also be extraordinarily high. High-tech niches will, however, continue expanding in India and Pakistan with overall negative social effects. Their low demand for labor will exacerbate income disparities, fuel interpersonal, interclass, and interregional tensions, and only contribute to eventual ethnic, communal, and political conflict. Immediate, coordinated policy is urged to achieve balanced low mortality and low fertility over the next few decades.
POPULI. 1991 Mar; 18(1):4-23.As unchecked population growth threatens to increase ecological destruction and poverty, the world seems to have finally acknowledged the need for population programs. Previous development plans for the 3rd World omitted the population factor, but it has now become evident that this unprecedented growth stands in the way of progress. The current world population of 5.3 billion is expected to increase to 6 billion by the year 2000, 95% of the growth occurring in developing nations. UN projects that the world's population will stabilize at 10 billion in the next century, but only if by the year 2035 women worldwide bear an average of 2 children each. Africa and west Asia have the highest annual population growth rates (2.9 and 2.8, respectively), followed by Latin America and southern Asia (2.2%), both of which have begun to move towards reducing fertility. This massive swelling of population places increased pressures on the environment, food availability, and water supplies. Africa's impressive gains in agricultural production have all but been nullified by population growth. During the 1974 World Population Conference in Bucharest, countries recognized the dangers, and since then, much progress has been made. And during the 1984 International Conference on Population held in Mexico City, countries agreed that development and family planning must go hand-in-hand. Many countries (Barbados, China, Cuba, etc.) have had highly successful family planning programs. Studies indicate that 30-50% of the drop in fertility in the Third World can be attributed to family planning. And these successful programs reflect the commitment to social programs, including education, health, and women's status. Still, there are some 300 million couples worldwide who wish to limit fertility but have no access to contraception. Despite the dangers of unchecked population, family planning efforts must respect human rights concerning procreation.