Since 2012, nearly 7.7 million more women are using modern contraception, helping more than 38% women who want to delay or prevent pregnancy, latest data released by Family Planning 2020 has said.
India projects to spend 3 billion US Dollars on family planning by 2020 – exceeding its initial goal of 2 billion US Dollars. Between 2014 and 2015, more than 50 million couples received free family planning services across India and 183 million unintended pregnancies and 56 million unsafe abortions were averted, data released ahead of the FP 2020 Summit on July 11 has revealed.
In 2012, India committed to including family planning as a central element of its efforts to achieve universal health coverage and provide free family planning services and contraceptives to 200 million couples and 234 million adolescents. It has also committed to increase spending on family planning to 2 billion US Dollars for 2012-2020 and improve domestic manufacturing capacity for family planning commodities while expanding the contraceptive choices at the community level – especially IUDs – by training 200,000 health workers and improving family planning education and counselling for women after child births.
India has made concerted effort to expand its indigenous manufacturing capacity as a result of which all current contraceptives used in the country are manufactured indigenously. To ensure that contraceptives are available when and where women need them, a number of States have rolled out digital logistics system to manage their family planning supply chains, and the Centre is facilitating the expansion of this system across the country.
Oral and injectable contraceptive options and new IUDs have been introduced in India and condom packaging has been updated to improve uptake, but more importantly as part of its reproductive, maternal, newborn and adolescent health (RMNCH+A) strategy, India has launched a new community-based programme focused on adolescent health that aims to reduce teenage pregnancies.
The Story is written by Aarti Dhar for theindiasaga.com