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South African Medical Journal

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Family Planning in a Predominantly Non-White Rural South African Community

D Ferguson

Abstract


Developments in family planning practice from 1966 to 1973 in a predominantly non-White rural community, namely the area under the jurisdiction of the Port Elizabeth Divisional Council, are described. Advantages of promoting family planning in conjunction with normal polyclinic health services are emphasised. Statistics are quoted illustrating the growing acceptability of family planning as illustrated by the fact that family planning attendances increased from nil in 1965 to 8 200 in 1973 in the Council's three polyclinics. Analysis of data from these .rural polyclinics shows a significant trend towards a lower population gr.owth. There are signs also of improved health and social well-being, which can reasonably be attributed to family planning.

S. Afr. Med. J., 48, 1163 (1974).



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