Filtered by: Family Pressure <Back to previous page Abandoned familiesby Gilda Liane da Cruz. ‘An abandoned child comes from an abandoned family.’ This is the concern of the Reconciliation of the Minor programme in São Paulo, Brazil. It began in 1986 as an attempt to respond to the breakdown of social life in our country. We began by providing a meal of thick soup for about 30 children and a few hours care from volunteer workers. We met on a piece of land owned by the Lutheran Evangelical Church in Vila São Jose, a district on the edge of the city of São Paulo. ... Family planning saves livesThe lives of 5.6 million children and 200,000 women could all be saved each year if all the women who wanted to limit their families had access to family planning. Fatimas choiceBy Dr Margaret Brown. This is a true story from Bangladesh, helping us to understand several points about a family planning programme. Pressures on the family in a changing worldby Esly Regina Carvalho. The changing role of the familyby Dr Apolos Landa. As we approach the third millennium, people all around the world show signs of being scared. They may be fearful about their safety, worried about their families or full of uncertainty about the future. The growing world populationWith a 3% population growth rate…The population will double every 20 years. Every gardener knows that plants placed close together do not grow well! In the same way, spacing births helps produce heavier children. Because they can have more of their mother's attention, they are healthier and do better at school. Children are twice as likely to survive if they are born two to three years apart than if they are born every year or so.