ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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atmosphere where women can seek answers to their questions and resolve problems.
An alternative, and a radical alternative at that, would have been to promote the concept of a women's health programme where the objective would not be to achieve a national average of total fertility rate of 2.1 by 2010, but to ensure that women would have access to a gender-sensitive, caring total health service which would include not only contraceptive, gynaecological and sexual health services, but also services for a range of other diseases. Such a programme would entail the standing of the population policy on its head: that a policy be drawn up for employment, food, shelter and social and cultural services, the implementation of which will in turn achieve the desired population targets.

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