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Medical Practice after Legalization of Abortion: Bangladesh

  • Halida H. Akhter

Abstract

The population of Bangladesh is now around 100 million with an estimated growth rate of 2.6 percent annually. Population density is one of the highest in the world at more than 600 persons per square km. The age structure of the population gives a high dependency ratio (93 percent) with 45 percent of the population below 15 years. Total fertility rate remains high, estimated at 5.8 in 1985. Extended breastfeeding practice leads to relatively long birth intervals of approximately 3 years. Early marriage is still the norm. More than 50 percent of women get married by the age of 16 (1981). Health status of the population is unacceptably low with an estimated infant mortality of 125/1000 live births and maternal mortality of 5.7/1000 live births (1975). At least a quarter of this high maternal mortality is due to complications of indigenously induced abortions.

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Family Planning Birth Interval Penal Code Refresher Training Family Planning Clinic 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  • Halida H. Akhter
    • 1
  1. 1.Population, Health and NutritionThe World BankUSA

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