CONTRACEPTIVE USE SURVEY UNDER WAY IN FIVE PACIFIC NATIONS

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APIA, Samoa (April 26, 1998 - PACNEWS/Tohi)---A health survey focusing on attitudes about contraceptive use currently is being conducted in five Pacific Islands region nations.

Included in the survey are Samoa, Tonga, the Cook Islands, Tuvalu and the Solomon Islands, Radio 2AP reports.

In Samoa, the four-week survey, which now is under way on the main island of Upolu, is giving particular attention to determining the role of men in family planning decisions.

The survey, jointly conducted by the Samoa Family Health Association and the University of the South Pacific, also is examining why teenage pregnancies are increasing, which officials say is becoming a growing and complex social problem in Samoa.

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