Fpa India Reveals The Effects Of Family Planning Implementation In India
London Summit will bring Golden Moment to fulfil the need for contraception in India.
- (1888PressRelease) June 09, 2012 - The National Civil Society Consultation on Family Planning was held at New Delhi on June 8, 2012 at the India International Centre to deliberate on the outcome of state level workshops held in 13 Indian states (Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Chandigarh, Tamilnadu, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, Odisha, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal) organised by the Family Planning Association of India and its partners. The participation at these workshops included 448 representatives from civil society organisations, 167 government officials and functionaries and 35 other participants including the media.
Key issues on the implementation of the Family Planning programme in India were discussed. Gaps have been identified and recommendations made on policies and programmes impacting Family Planning, quality of services, young people and their access to Family Planning resources, expansion of Family Planning access through more choices, integration of Family Planning, Maternal Child Health (MCH) and HIV and Family Planning through a gender and rights' perspective.
According to Mr. Vishwanath Koliwad, Secretary General, FPA India "The main Idea behind National CSO Consultation is to make significant contribution to the family planning programme in India. Through this we want our voices to reach and reflect at the Global FPA Summit, which is scheduled in July, 2012 in London."
The extensive state level consultations with various governmental, nongovernmental and civil society bodies has provided incisive vista into the family planning programme and have come out with their recommendations which was deliberated upon at the meeting with National level leaders in the field. The 13 state level extensive consultations have yielded interesting data that was discussed in detail at the meeting. In India, inter-state variations are remarkable for various maternal and child health Indicators. Statistics of few states are much higher than the national average while others are equal or lower than the national average.
Sharing their knowledge and views about the outcome of the State level consultations include: Mr. Tewodross Melesse, Director General of the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), Mr. Manoj Jhalani, Jt. Secretary of Health & Family Welfare (GOI), Ms Poonam Muttreja, Executive Director of Population Foundation of India, Ms Anjali Sen, Regional Director of IPPF-South Asia Region, Mr. Billy Stewart, Senior Health and AIDS Advisor of DFID, Ms Frederika Meijer, Country Representative of UNFPA, Ms Kerry Pelzman, Director PHN of USAID, and Ms. Sujatha Natarajan, President, FPA India.
India continues to add about 18 million people per year because more than 50% of the population is in the reproductive age group. There are an estimated 12.5 % women in India who want to delay or avoid a pregnancy but are not using an effective method of family planning. Ms. Geeta Sen, Professor at the centre for public policy, concluded.
India's experience in the implementation of Family Planning especially by the civil society organisations shall form a part of international Family Planning summit scheduled to be held in July 2012 in London. This conference was the next big frontier in new policy paradigm as well as funding support. Hopefully, 2012 will be a "Gold Moment" to fulfil the need for contraception, especially for women in developing countries.
The National Civil Society Consultation on Family Planning conference on June 8, 2012 would not have been possible without the support of 9 partner CSOs, 6 partner networks, and 4 support partners for the FPA India.
ABOUT FPA INDIA:
FPA India envisions health, particularly sexual and reproductive health for all, especially marginalized and young people, in the broad context of sustainable development leading towards the alleviation of poverty, stabilization of population, gender equality, and human rights.
Established in 1949, FPA India has been recognized as India's leading and largest reproductive and sexual health organisation. It provides information on sexual and reproductive health, sexuality education, and a wide range of sexual and reproductive health care services which includes family planning.
FPA India strengthens a voluntary and non-government commitment to promote sexual and reproductive health and rights including family planning. It supports the rights of individuals to reproductive choices, including legal and safe abortion; works towards reducing the spread and the impact of STIs /HIV/AIDS and increasing access to gender sensitive SRH information, education and services to all especially the young and marginalized and eliminating violence, discrimination, and abuse.