In its initial stages, the PDA assisted the government as a community-based family, planning service operating throughout the towns and villages of Thailand
. Now almost 20 years later, the population growth rate has come down to a 1.2 percent average, or two children per family, with a very high proportion of Thai couples--something in the vicinity of 75 percent--practicing contraception these days.
All these advances in welfare occurred through government-led development efforts in the almost 60,000 villages of Thailand
. While it is undeniable that development policies have also deepened inequalities in Thai society this should not detract from the considerable improvements made in the material well-being of the vast majority of the Thai population.