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Family Planning Among Indigenous Populations In Latin America

Anne Terborgh, James E. Rosen, Roberto Santiso Galvez, Willy Terceros, Jane T. Bertrand and Sheana E. Bull
International Family Planning Perspectives
Vol. 21, No. 4 (Dec., 1995), pp. 143-149+166
Published by: Guttmacher Institute
DOI: 10.2307/2133321
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2133321
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Abstract

Approximately 40 million people living in five Latin American countries--Bolivia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico and Peru--retain the language and much of the culture of the ancient pre-Columbian civilizations of the Aztecs, Mayans and Incas. These indigenous people tend to be poor, rural residents with little education. Long an underserved population from a health care perspective, the indigenous population has also proved difficult to reach with family planning services. An examination of two promising projects--one in Guatemala and one in Bolivia--suggests several potentially useful strategies for reaching indigenous people, among them the use of community workers and traditional health practitioners to promote family planning, the provision of a mix of maternal and child health services along with family planning and the employment of bilingual and bicultural staff members.

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