Family Planning in Pakistan 1955-1977: A Review

Warren C. Robinson


There is a general feeling that the population planning
programme in Pakistan has reached a critical turning point. Despite
almost 20 years of vigorous effort and the expenditure of about one
billion rupees and some 70 million U.S. dollars, family planning has
achieved no tangible decrease in fertility rates. Pakistan has a
population of about 75 million today and this is expected to double by
the year 2000. To put the matter quite bluntly, the family planning
effort has not succeeded. Discouragement, disillusionment and
recrimination threaten to replace the earlier enthusiasm and optimism
among supporters of the programme. But while such emotional reactions
are under¬standable they are not helpful. What will be useful is a
careful review of these years of experience to learn whatever is there
to be learned, for population planning in Pakistan will go

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