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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


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.