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Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal
Year: 2000  |  Volume: 6  |  Issue: 4  |  Page No.: 614 - 624

Family planning services and programmes in countries of the Eastern Mediterranean Region

Chichakli L.O., Atrash H.K., Musani A.S., Johnson J.T., Mahaini R. and Arnaoute S.    

Abstract: This paper presents the findings of a 1999 survey of 19 countries of the World Health Organization Eastern Mediterranean Region on the family planning services and programmes in the Region. Data were collected using a questionnaire which explored the following areas: the presence of population or family planning policies and family planning activities, the family planning services available, promotional and educational activities on family planning, quality assurance, family planning data collection, analysis and dissemination, and the use of such information. The results indicate that 13 of the countries have national policies on population and family planning but even in those that do not, family planning services are widely available. The scope of the services provided varied. There is still a need to implement or strengthen family planning programmes in the Region, a need which is recognized by the countries themselves.

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