Badan Koordinasi Keluarga Berencana Nasional (BKKBN)
The Republic of Indonesia's Voluntary Family Planning and Living Standards Coordinating Body
The Republic of Indonesia has the fourth largest population in the world.
Well over half of the population of Indonesia
lives in what the United States
would term poverty.
Drought and forest fires
Asian economic collapse
the dismal combination that has occurred since 1997
has created major problems for almost all Indonesian families.
The agency charged with creating sustainable population growth
and monitoring the well-being of each family is the
Badan Koordinasi Keluarga Berencana Nasional,
better known as BKKBN.
The magnitude of the challenge BKKBN faces is awesome:
Indonesia is comprised of more than 17,000 islands
more than 400 distinct ethnic groups
and nearly 500 hundred languages.
Every ethnic group has its own customs,
traditions, community, and religious beliefs.
One trait shared across all groups is a great love of children,
both boys and girls, upon whom great intrinsic (as opposed to economic)
value is placed. This trait makes the barrier to creating a desire for
families limited to 2 children even greater than those encountered
in other countries.
Statutes, cultural and religious beliefs all dictate that
only voluntary, pre-conception means of limiting population
growth be employed.
BKKBN has been phenomenally successful in meeting its mission:Indonesia has won multiple international awards
for its success with voluntary family planning.
The United Nations has named Indonesia
most successful of all member nations in this area
year after year.
Out-of-wedlock birth is quite rare
and teenage out-of-wedlock pregnancy is virtually unknown.
Abortions are infrequent as well as illegal.
A nation-wide means of assessing