With a population around 46-million, Thailand has initiated several family planning programmes.
GVs Family planning tent in Bangkok (2 shots)
SV INTERIOR Medical start lecture interested people inside tent
SV ZOOM TO CU Tee-shirt with slogan "A condom a day keeps pregnancy away"
SV Lecturer talking to females
GV Men signing forms for vasectomy operation
SV & GV Vasectomy operations in progress (6 shots)
GV PAN EXTERIOR People queueing outside tent
SCU Khun Michay, head of Family Planning Unit speaking
TRANSCRIPT FOR SEQUENCE 8: MICHAY: "It's very open, we've made it appear that it's fun, it's might-hearted and it's safe, and we've asked volunteers from factories, taxi-drivers, radio-stations, to let the people know -- and they know and they're coming in hordes."
REPORTER: "Well, what's the record on family planning in Thailand?"
MICHAY: "In the last ten years the population growth rate has come down from three-point-three per cent to one-point-eight per cent, so it's one of the steepest declines in the world."
REPORTER: "Your name is synonymous with family planning in Thailand, how many vasectomies do you think you have organised in the past few years?"
MICHAY: "Oh, we do about 3,000 a month and today we hope to do 1,000 just in one day and create a world record."
REPORTER: "It seems like a fairly slick procedure. How quickly are they moving through the tents?"
MICHAY: "It takes about seven minutes per person, and sometimes it's about four minutes, so it's certainly less than a haircut."
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Background: With a population around 46-million, Thailand has initiated several family planning programmes. In the capital Bangkok, lectures held to inform people of the latest forms of contraception are well attended. The traditional Thai people have a new attitude to birth control, even to the extent that condoms are now accepted as part-payment of taxis and restaurant meals. Buddhist religious authorities show their support of family planning by sprinkling holy water on contraceptives -- and tee shirts are used to promote the use of condoms. Another popular method of birth control is vasectomy. The operation renders the male sterile, by the sealing of a sperm duct. It is minor surgery, carried out under a local anaesthetic -- and Thailand is claiming a world record, 1,000 vasectomies in the one day. Head of the Family Planning Unit, Khun Michay says the promotion of birth control has been most successful with the number of births in the past ten years dropping from three-point-three per cent annually, to one-point-eight per cent.