Odisha among 5 targeted states
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), under its MOMENTUM Country and Global Leadership mechanism, announced a new family planning initiative for India on Friday.
Through the four-year project, it would contribute to the achievement of India’s national family planning (FP) goals.
It was designed to meet the FP and reproductive health (RH) needs of marginalized Indian youth in urban and rural areas of Assam, Jharkhand, Odisha, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh.
There are 332 million young people in the 15-29 age group, representing over 27.5% of the Indian population. According to the National Youth Policy 2014, they contribute around 34% of India’s gross national income. According to Dr SK Sikdar, adviser to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, this is another program aimed at achieving family planning goals.
“Many of our efforts focus specifically on promoting better reproductive health and reducing gender-based violence. MOMENTUM Country and Global Leadership India-Yash is designed to build on existing evidence and best practices, as well as catalyze new ideas and partnerships, using a focused and contextualized approach, ”said Sangita Patel, Director from the USAID health office in India.
The program also places greater emphasis on building the capacity, sustainability and resilience of local partner institutions, recognizing that strengthening the technical and organizational capacity of local organizations is necessary to provide sustainable, evidence-based reproductive health care. evidence and quality and voluntary family planning.
Patel reiterated USAID’s strong ties and partnership with the Indian government and their shared priority of focusing on the health and well-being of Indian youth.
The project is led by Jhpiego, a subsidiary of Johns Hopkins University and will promote the adaptation of high impact interventions based on evidence and best practices proven in previous USAID investments and will demonstrate innovative models to accelerate improvement of FP and RH outcomes for young people.
Asked about JHPIEGO, Country Director, Dr Somesh Kumar said the project recognizes the importance of strong multisectoral collaboration to address unmet family planning, reproductive health and youth rights needs, in particular. particularly vulnerable youth populations.
He added that this will shift power dynamics from health market actors to clients (young people) and support an enabling environment for adolescent and youth friendly health services.
The initiative would allow them to make positive choices in FP and RH and also improve the accessibility and affordability of quality FP and RH care and products, he said.
Ultimately, the project would establish an improved youth ecosystem in which young people could make informed decisions about their reproductive health, he added.