The international family planning movement

P. J. Donaldson, A. O. Tsui

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Over the past three decades, the number of women using family planning has increased sixfold to over 400 million married women of childbearing age. The evolution of behavior and attitudes toward using birth control among Third World couples reflects the goals and hard work of an international network of individuals, governments, and organizations. This follows the progression of this movement, from early opposition in developed, as well as developing countries, to the present day, when birth control is practised by a slight majority of the world's women of childbearing age. Among world regions, contraceptive use ranges from about 17% in Africa to 75% in Asia. In some African countries, however, family planning is still a foreign concept, and fewer than 5% of women use any birth control. International organizations played a crucial role in the spread of family planning by providing training for developing country professionals, funding actual family planning programs, and helping to evaluate programs. The worldwide increase in the practice of family planning has led to fertility declines in many Third World countries, slowing rapid population growth rates. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalPopulation Bulletin
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 1990
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Demography


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