Dr. Bharati Pravin Pawar addresses the National Family Planning Summit 2022 – Education in India | Latest Education News | World Education News
“India understood the importance of family planning early on and was the first country to launch a national family planning program in 1952.” So said Dr Bharati Pravin Pawar, Union Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare, as she chaired the National Family Planning Summit 2022 here today. today. In accordance with the vision of the Honorable Prime Minister of Atma Nirbhar Bharat, the theme of the summit was “Sustaining Efforts, Leading Partnerships, Shaping the Family Planning Vision – Sabka Saath, Sabka Vishwas, Sabka Prayas and Sabka Vikas”.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Pawar informed that “India has reached replacement level fertility with no less than 31 States/UTs having achieved total fertility rate of 2.1 or less and using of modern contraceptives increased significantly to 56.5% (NFHS 5). She also said that “the NFHS-5 data shows an overall positive shift towards spacing methods that would help to have a positive impact on maternal and infant mortality and morbidity.”
The Union Minister pointed out that the Mission Parivar Vikas (MPV) 2016 gave new impetus to the national family planning program. Under this program, innovative strategies such as the distribution of Nayi Pehel kits, Saas Bahu Sammelan and Saarthi vans help to reach the community and initiate dialogues on family planning, healthy birth spacing and importance of small families. “Over 17 lakh Nayi Pehel kits have been distributed to honeymooners, over 7 lakh Saas bahu sammelans have been driven and over 32 lakh clients have been counseled through Saarthi vans since inception. It is through these efforts that NFHS-5 data shows a substantial increase in the use of modern contraceptives and a decrease in unmet need in all MPV states,” she added.
The minister highlighted that India is an important member of the FP2020 partnership, now transitioning to the FP2030 partnership. She informed that as part of India’s commitment to this partnership, $3 billion has been invested in family planning. She further stated that “Between 2012 and 2020, India added more than 1.5 crore additional users for modern contraceptives, thereby significantly increasing the use of modern contraceptives”.
During the event, the Minister also unveiled the India Family Planning 2030 vision document and launched the Medical Eligibility Criteria (MEC) Wheel application, the electronic module of the Family Planning Logistics Management System (FPLMIS) and the Family Planning Digital Archive under the Digital Intervention category. . To empower the community and show the government’s unwavering commitment to providing inclusive services, Dr. Pawar also presented the National Family Planning Hotline Manual, Community Health Worker (CHO) Booklet ) and the ASHA (family planning) brochure and pamphlet.
Dr. Pawar commended the basic health service providers calling them “Champions whose unwavering efforts are essential to the success of the program”. She commended the states in the Male Involvement, Spacing Methods, Self-Care Methods, PPIUCD, and Injectable MPA categories. Service Provider Awards were also given to doctors (in the male and female sterilization categories), nurses (in the PPIUCD and injectable MPA categories), health and wellness centers for the best performance in family planning and to ASHA workers for motivating vasectomy clients.
Union Health Secretary Shri Rajesh Bhushan said that the family planning program in India is now over seven decades old and during this time India has witnessed a change in paradigm from the concept of population control to population stabilization to integrated interventions to ensure harmony across the continuum of care. . In this context, he highlighted three thematic areas. First, although India has reached replacement level fertility, there is still a large population of childbearing age that must remain the focus of our intervention efforts. Second, India has traditionally focused on the supply side, i.e. suppliers and delivery systems. He stressed that now is the time to focus on the demand side which includes family, community and society. “Meaningful change is possible with this goal, instead of incremental change,” he noted. States should make special efforts to take advantage of the provisions of the community program under the Parivar Vikas Mission and further refine it. And finally, the pool of family planning service providers should take on an important role in strengthening our ability to deliver on our FP2030 commitment through innovative knowledge, skills, and services. “A skilled and properly trained workforce must be the foundation of our family planning effort. This will improve the quality of our services,” he said.
Ms. Roli Singh, Deputy Secretary and Mission Director (NHM), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Dr. SK Sikdar, FP and MH Advisor, and representatives from various development partners were also present.