World-wide interest in family planning only arose in the latter half of the 1960s and remains small in comparison to the need. The United States Government, for long the largest donor to international family planning, gave, in 1965, a sum of money equivalent to the cost of seven modern tanks, in 1966 the equivalent to seven helicopters and in 1967 to one B52 bomber (Stycos, 1971). Now it is at a rate that will buy one modern aircraft carrier in 10 years. Currently the IPPF is spending each year slightly more than the inhabitants of the United Kingdom invest in backing horses on Derby Day. Rich and poor countries together spend more on colour films for cameras than they do on contraceptives.
Unhappily, family planning programmes have not been structured to work within the real constraints set upon them. Some services in the United States spend as much on recruiting