Birthspacing, Fertility, and Family Planning

Policy and Program Implications from the Malaysian Family Life Survey

by Julie DaVanzo, William Butz

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Since the 1950s, fertility has fallen in each of Malaysia's three main ethnic groups — Malays, Chinese, and Indians. This report discusses some of the factors that contributed to these fertility trends and differentials. The authors begin by briefly summarizing the conceptual framework that has guided their analyses and by describing trends in birthspacing, breastfeeding, and contraceptive use. They then specify the practical implications of the research for programs and policies to improve birthspacing and reduce fertility. Some of these implications deal directly with family planning programs. Others deal with other health programs and broader socioeconomic policies.

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