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The Matlab Project : family planning success in Bangladesh

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Publication Date: January 1990

Publisher(s): East-West Center

Author(s): Bryant Robey

Series: Asia-Pacific population & policy ; no. 13

Topic: Population and demographics (Family planning)

Type: Brief

Coverage: Bangladesh

Abstract:

An experimental project in Matlab, Bangladesh, provides solid evidence that family planning programs can produce lasting increases in the use of modern contraceptives and achieve reductions in fertility, even in a traditional rural society. The results of the Matlab Project suggest that economic and social development is not a prerequisite for fertility reduction, if contraceptive services can be introduced and sustained effectively in a culturally appropriate manner.