Public and private agencies in Pakistan advocate contraception to curb aits surging population, improve public health and raise standards of living. But a conservative culture and a weak government make the message difficult to spread.
A woman with a daughter-in-law attends a community meeting on family planning in the southern Sindh province village of Mirwah, in Pakistan in September. One of the challenges of family planning in Pakistan is that young brides commonly live with their husbands’ families after marriage, and the mother-in-law runs the house. Birth control educators have to win their support to reach young women. Karin Brulliard/The Washington Post Buy Photo