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Indonesia shares lessons on promoting family planning

  • Ivany Atina Arbi

    The Jakarta Post

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Surakarta   /   Tue, April 23, 2019   /  07:08 am
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The National Population and Family Planning Board (BKKBN) revealed that religious leaders, particularly Muslim figures, have played an important role in promoting family planning.(Shutterstock/File)

Indonesia has shared its lessons learned on family planning and the use of contraceptives after meeting with religious representatives from nine countries during an international training program in Surakarta, Central Java. The participants came from Bangladesh, Egypt, Mali, Nepal, Niger, Pakistan, the Philippines, Sri Lanka and Sudan, most of which have a low contraceptive prevalence rate (CPR) and, consequently, a high total fertility rate (TFR), the latter of which represents the number of children per women. Niger, for instance, has a 20 percent CPR and 7.1 TFR, well below Indonesia’s 61 percent CPR and 2.3 TFR. The figures are significantly different from those in 1979, when the family planning program was launched in the archipelago. Then, Indonesia had a 5 percent CPR and 5.6 TFR. The National Population and Family Planning Board (BKKBN) revealed that religious l...