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Eastern approaches.

  • Harris, Michael
  • Film

About this work


A film showing how family planning information is disseminated across the urban and rural populations in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand. In a rural community in Indonesia, there is a puppet show to communicate the message to children and in youth clubs in tandem with cultural activities in order to promote the idea of small families being the social norm. In a factory in Malaysia, young female workers have a lecture on contraception at lunchtime. In a post-natal clinic, new mothers are given advice. There is a mobile clinic which travels around Kuala Lumpur. At a rubber plantation, family planning advice is provided alongside general medical care. In Singapore, already densely populated, the focus is on the young - teachers are lectured to provide information to their pupils. Young people living in hostels are found to be lacking in understanding human reproduction and family planning - they receive lectures too. Thailand also has a significant population problem especially around the shanty towns around Bangkok - night time film shows and clinics are provided to this community. Local health visitors visit rural families in their homes. Local community distribution advisers disseminate information to the rural poor; they have a more challenging task of communicating the desirability of smaller families to these communities. The injectable contraceptive which offers 12 week family planning is popular amongst some women.



Physical description

1 film reel (15 mins.) : sound; colour, 16 mm


More material on Population Concern is held in the Wellcome Library reference SA/POP.

Creator/production credits

By Michael Harris, Outrider Films for the International Planned Parenthood Federation.

Copyright note

International Planned Parenthood Federation.



  • English

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