Bangladesh has increased the emphasis on voluntary sterilisation as a method of population control. After?
Bangladesh has increased the emphasis on voluntary sterilisation as a method of population control. After several years of more orthodox forms of birth control, it became evident the population control programme was not as effective as hoped.
SYNOPSIS: Voluntary clinics were established throughout the country with the aim of sterilising 10 per cent of the people by the end of 1977. The ultimate target of the Government is zero population growth inside 70 years.
Until recently, the women of Bangladesh had strongly resisted sterilisation on religious grounds. Now, Government officials say the response has improved considerably with the impact of a campaign to inform people of the need for population control.
Foreign trained surgeons travel throughout the country performing operations on both men and women on a voluntary basis. Other clinics remain permanently in the major cities. There are several thousand full and part time workers in the programme, which has assumed major importance in the country.
Government officials were openly worried by threats of a cutoff of foreign aid unlace an effective population policy was established.
Bangladesh's population at present increases by nearly three million a year. At that rate, the number of people in Bangladesh could reach 220 million by the turn of the century.