This film documents the distribution of family planning services to nine countries in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. Scenes show how clinical and nonclinical contraceptive methods were used, depending on the culture. The film describes public, private, and collaborative programs, voluntary agencies, use of auxiliary health personnel, and logistic and procurement problems. This film shows scenes from in different countries and locales, and scenes from operating and treatment rooms. The factors that help determine the need for a national family-planning program are discussed along with ways in which those services might be delivered. A seminar group discusses spacing pregnancies. Nonclinical birth control methods are described and discussed including abstinence, coitus interruptus, and mechanical and chemical barriers. Clinical methods are also described and discussed. These methods include intrauterine devices, interruption of pregnancy, and surgical methods of sterilization. According to this program each national program must first decide which methods to provide and the agency through which to offer them. The national programs of Iran, Hong Kong, Philippines, Costa Rica, and Thailand are discussed. The role of the midwife and private physician in these programs is explored, and the training of paraprofessional health personnel is described. The program notes that while a delivery system can be simple or complex, it must be appropriate to the country and its culture. The program in use in Kenya is then described and demonstrated to illustrate how to take advantage of commercial channels and promotional techniques.
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