Publications
1995
Rethinking Family Planning Policy In Light Of Reproductive Health Research, in Carla Makhlouf Obermeyer (ed.) Family, Gender and Population in the Middle East: Policies in Context. Cairo: American University in Cairo Press, Pp 232-257, 1995. Previously published in 1994 as Policy Series No. 1, the Population Council, Cairo.

This paper addresses the issue of rethinking family planning policy to better serve the interests of women, families and communities in developing countries. It is based on a study that was undertaken in two villages in the Giza governate of Egypt to investigate the level of reproductive morbidity among women in this community. By revealing the heavy disease burden that women bear with silence and its interaction with their use of contraception, the paper argues that family planning policy cannot ignore the health dimension. Based on the results of the study, the paper provides some guidance as to what needs to be taken into account in rethinking family planning policy in terms of the realities of women in developing societies, with special reference to Egypt and the Arab world.
Author(s): Hind Khattab , Huda Zurayk , Nabil Younis  
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