Let Every Child Be Wanted: How Social Marketing Is Revolutionizing Contraceptive Use Around the Worldby Philip D. Harvey
This book provides the only comprehensive examination of contraceptive social marketing. It includes a full description of the most important of these programs, documenting a form of international assistance that has attracted over $1 billion from governments and other donors. The book contains a wealth of previously unpublished material that illustrates this
This book provides the only comprehensive examination of contraceptive social marketing. It includes a full description of the most important of these programs, documenting a form of international assistance that has attracted over $1 billion from governments and other donors. The book contains a wealth of previously unpublished material that illustrates this remarkable story. The author challenges the widespread belief that family planning can only be made available through medically-oriented programs and that foreign assistance must be catalytic rather than long-term.
Let Every Child Be Wanted, with its comprehensive overview, anecdotes and strategies, is a useful handbook for philanthropic agencies, independent charities, and government programs. It will also be valuable for preparing students to work in public health arenas around the world. With a new generation of health workers steeped in social marketing techniques like those offered in this book, tremendous advances can be made in the battle against unwanted pregnancy and AIDS.
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Phil Harvey's book on social marketing is a long overdue addition to the literature. ^ILet Every Child Be Wanted^R chronicles the history of contraceptive social marketing and tells us why this activity has attracted substantial and growing financial support over the past 35 years. Harvey is the true pioneer in this field and his book serves as a manual both for those who manage social marketing programs and those who wish to learn how they operate.
^ILet Every Child Be Wanted^R is a well-documented and lively description of the social marketing of contraceptives in the developing world. This unique approach to the dissemination of family planning has proven remarkably successful and is now providing low-cost, affordable birth control to millions of couples in some fifty countries. Phil Harvey, a pioneer in the development of this concept, traces the history of social marketing of contraceptives from its origins in Calcutta in 1964 through the controversial programs in Kenya and Bangladesh, to today's broad array of variously designed programs. The book is very readable, and energized by Harvey's strong feelings on the subject, a topic to which he has devoted much of his life, as well as on his leavening sense of humor. Some of his statements may well be controversial, but overall this book is an important contribution to the family planning literature.
This book fills an important gap. Among other things, and this may emerge from the book only as an inference, it is a testament to the perseverance of those who saw in social marketing a powerful tool to apply in taking modern contraception to the hundreds of millions of the very poorest of the world. And Phil Harvey has been in the vanguard from the very beginning.
^ILet Every Child Be Wanted^R tells the story of family planning social marketing in Calcutta, India, in 1964 to its present day. Phil Harvey, through PSI, got involved in family planning in Bangladesh just a little after the breakthrough effort in India. He has been a pioneer in conceptualizing and advancing many marketing ideas in the field, which I had the pleasure of following when I later entered this field.^LThe book is comprehensive in its coverage and covers Social Marketing issues from different perspectives (Economic, Religious, and Social) and in different countries (Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Kenya). The book provides a fascinating history of family planning and the social marketing approaches used. It is lively with anecdotes, yet rigorously documented.^LI am glad Phil Harvey took the time to document his experiences and wisdom. It is a real contribution.
Phil Harvey's book, ^ILet Every Child Be Wanted^R, describes a highly effective way of making affordable contraceptives available to even very low-income couples in African, Asia, and Latin America. It contributes in a lively and interesting way to our understanding of foreign assistance programs, particularly those for family planning and AIDS prevention.
Meet the Author
PHILIP D. HARVEY is president of DKT International, a non-profit organization that oversees social marketing programs in eight countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America./e
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