INTRODUCTION: The Indonesian government is extremely pleased with the results so far of its family planning policy.
GV Sign (two children) at family planning clinic
GV ZOOM TO Women waiting in line to enter building
SV INTERIOR PAN Women waiting for examination (4 shots)
SV Sign above operating theatre door
SV & CU Operation in progress (3 shots)
SV Theatre staff member, then patient being lifted off operating table and put on trolley (2 shots)
SV Operating theatre notice board with roster of operations
SV Women being wheeled through corridors on trolley to ward (2 shots)
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Background: INTRODUCTION: The Indonesian government is extremely pleased with the results so far of its family planning policy. Indonesia has a population of about 150-million -- the fifth largest in the world -- and ten years ago it was growing at well over two per cent a year. This threatened to wreck all the government's plans for improving the people's standard of living. Now growth rate is under two per cent, and it is hoped to get it down to about one per cent by the end of the decade. A determined campaign is being waged to spread the knowledge of contraception; and parents who already have a family are being offered the alternative of sterilization.
SYNOPSIS: The slogan of the Family Planning Board is "two children to a family" -- proclaimed outside the Raden Saleh clinic in Jakarta. Women wait for advice, instruction, the fitting of an intra-uterine device, or an operation for sterilization. About a third of married women of child-bearing age in Java and Bali -- the two islands where the campaign has been most intensive -- are now using some form of contraception. some 80 per cent have used it at least one; evidence of how far knowledge has spread.
Those who decide that they do not want more children can be sterilized by a laparoscopy -- an extremely simple operation to seal off the Fallopian tubes with two plastic rings. The technique was perfected several years ago in the United States, and is being extensively used in the birth control campaign in India.
The operation is quick, and safe. After a rest, the woman will probably be able to go home the same day, and be back at work the day after.