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Indonesia, home to 264 million people, is the world's fourth-most populous country.At first, the BKKBN's family planning efforts achieved extraordinary results. By 2000, after 30 years of focused action, total fertility dropped by 54 percent, from 5.6 births per woman to 2.6, making Indonesia's family planning program one of the most effective in history.But progress stalled before Indonesia achieved its objective of achieving replacement-level fertility (2.1) by 2010-2015 . In fact, widespread outreach and community participation at the village level was a key reason for the success of past family planning efforts in Indonesia.At its peak, Indonesia's rural family planning program included nearly 40,000 field workers and more than 100,000 volunteers, serving even the most remote communities. Family planning advocates should adopt a culturally and religiously sensitive approach that convinces community leaders to embrace the cause and, in particular, support birth control methods for unmarried individuals.Effective family planning is critical to a healthy, stable and prosperous future. Indonesia has made remarkable progress toward replacement-level fertility. But to achieve that goal, everyone married and unmarried men, women, and young people must be included.
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