Long letter describing the success of the All-India Conference on Family Planning; answers MS’s questions about plans. They think Bombay is the best site; close to government and the people who are interested in the topic; city has municipal birth control clinics and private clinics. Only snag is that the International Conference on Child Welfare (Bombay) and International Conference on Social Work (Madras) might limit dates. December would be good, right after the other ones. Time: best is Nov-March, she thinks the conference should last 6-7 days. Number of delegates, she sees as about 100-150 foreign, 50 from India and they would also like Asian Countries represented. Subjects should include “Health, Economics, Food, National Resources, Sexology, Sterilisation, B.C. Appliances, Pilot Schemes, and allied topics. Much interest is being taken in the subject of cheap contraceptives.” They need financial help, suggests similar division of labor that they had with Child Welfare Conf--FPAI provides meeting halls, office rooms, conveyance, side trips, social entertainments; they sent invitations, print reports, papers, cover secretaries, office expenses. Says they can provide hospitality to a few delegates, the rest can be put up in hotels. AIWC will give “whole hearted cooperation.” They are new to this work, so any help will be gratefully accepted.
“Dr. Stone stayed with me. We had many interesting conversations, and I took the opportunity to express doubts about the Rhythm System, especially for India, with her large illiterate population. I also told him that a number of us felt that he would be undermining the work we had been doing, for there was an impression spreading that a well known expert like him was propagating the Safe Period theory in preference to contraceptives. He tried to clarify this position is his public speeches. He is a very charming person and left behind a lot of admirers.”
ICPP Location: "We think that Bombay is better than any other town for the Conference, as both the authorities as well as the general public are more conscious of the subject than anywhere else. The Bombay Municipality has seven B.C. clinics in different parts of the town and are soon opening four more. There are also several private organisations and medical practitioners, who have opened their own Clinics. The subject is openly discussed and written about frequently. The only snag is, that there is to be another International Conference here from the 5th. to the 12th Dec. 1952, i.e. the I. Con Child Welfare and immediately after, from the 15th to the 21st the International Conference of Social Work is Meeting in Madras. Now, if you think that Nov. 26 to Dec. 1st would be all right, we could manage that. If you fee that it would be better later on, then it would have to be either in Madras following on the Conference on Social Work, or a little later, taking us into 1953, and then it can be arranged in New Delhi."
Time of Year: She says that November through March. She thinks six or seven days.
Number of Delegates: Rama Rau thinks they should have 100-150 delegates from abroad, with about 50 from India. They would also like Asian countries represented.
Subjects: "Health, Economics, Food, National Resources, Sexology, Sterilization, B.C. Appliances, Pilot Schemes, and allied topics. There is a lot of interest in cheap contraceptives.
Funding: "We certainly would appreciate financial help for organising the Conference as our resources are limited, and those are greatly depleted after this last Conference. Says that for the International Conference on Child Welfare, FPA India is providing "Meeting Halls, Office rooms, Conveyance and Visits to Interesting Centres of work, and Social Entertainments. They send all invitations and are responsible for printing of reports papers, secretaries and Office Expenditure." They will be grateful to hear what the ICPP can offer.
Hospitality: They can provide hospitality for about 12 delegates, the rest can be put up in hotels, which cost about 35-50 Rupees per day, including board.
AIWC The All-India Women's Conference will offer them "whole-hearted cooperation."
Early Birds: She welcomes any help with the conference organizaing, Sanger or anyone else, saying that they are new to thisw work.