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Contraception in Iran: revolution and evolution
  1. Lindsay Edouard
  1. International Advisory Editor, Port Louis, Mauritius
  1. Correspondence to Professor Lindsay Edouard; soranae{at}

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In this journal issue, Erfani provides new data addressing likely effects of the current pronatalist policy in Iran. Using data from the 2014 Tehran Survey of Fertility, this international study estimates the likely impact of policy change on future fertility and service delivery. It is a study that exemplifies the value of collaboration between countries which share values on good governance relating to the right to health. Drawing on funding and research resources in both Iran and Canada, which is home to a significant Iranian diaspora, this study anticipates major effects from the reduction of free contraceptive services on both demographic indicators at the population level and quality of care at the individual level.1 These changes can best be appreciated against the background of Iran's excellent track record in providing contraceptive services.

Family planning received international recognition in 1978 when it was included as a component of maternal and child health, and incorporated …

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