Odisha government offers family planning kit to newlyweds – The New Indian Express

Express press service

BHUBANESWAR: With the population bomb swirling, the government of Odisha is set to introduce a new initiative under which newly married couples will receive a ‘wedding kit’ as part of population control measures.

The Family Planning Choices Basket Kit will contain a Family Planning Methods and Benefits booklet, Marriage Registration Form, Condoms, Oral Contraceptive Pills (OCP) and Emergency Contraceptive Pills ( PKU).

Most importantly, the home pregnancy test kit will also be part of the special gift box with a bridal grooming kit including items such as comb, bindi, nail clipper, mirror, handkerchief and a towel, among other things. The “wedding kit” is part of the National Health Mission’s (NHM) Nai Pahal program, which aims to educate young couples about the need to adopt temporary and permanent methods of family planning.

NHM State Mission Director Shalini Pandit said Odisha is the first state to launch the initiative despite a low total fertility rate (TFR). The TFR of a population is the average number of children that would be born to a woman during her lifetime. Odisha’s TFR is 1.8 against the national average of two. Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHA) have been given the task of distributing kits to newlyweds. Director of Family Planning, Dr. Bijay Panigrahy, said ASHAs have been trained to deliver gift kits to all newlyweds appropriately and encourage them to adopt family planning methods.

“ASHAs will visit the homes where the wedding is taking place and offer the kit starting in September. In addition to educating newlyweds on spacing and limiting methods, they will also keep a close eye on the benefits of the kit. They will receive incentives,” Dr. Panigrahy said.

Along with contact details for ASHA, ANM and local health workers, the kit may contain a congratulatory message on the chief minister’s wedding, the sources added. The health department also plans to scale up the delivery of new injectable contraceptives to eligible couples and roll out family planning counseling and contraception services to all functioning urban primary health centers.

WEDDING KIT

 Family planning benefits booklet, marriage registration form, condoms, oral contraceptive pills and emergency contraceptive pills

 A home pregnancy test kit will also be included along with a grooming kit for the bride

BHUBANESWAR: With the population bomb swirling, the government of Odisha is set to introduce a new initiative under which newly married couples will receive a ‘wedding kit’ as part of population control measures. The Family Planning Choices Basket Kit will contain a Family Planning Methods and Benefits booklet, Marriage Registration Form, Condoms, Oral Contraceptive Pills (OCP) and Emergency Contraceptive Pills ( PKU). Most importantly, the home pregnancy test kit will also be part of the special gift box with a bridal grooming kit including items such as comb, bindi, nail clipper, mirror, handkerchief and a towel, among other things. The “wedding kit” is part of the National Health Mission’s (NHM) Nai Pahal program, which aims to educate young couples about the need to adopt temporary and permanent methods of family planning. NHM State Mission Director Shalini Pandit said Odisha is the first state to launch the initiative despite a low total fertility rate (TFR). The TFR of a population is the average number of children that would be born to a woman during her lifetime. Odisha’s TFR is 1.8 against the national average of two. Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHA) have been given the task of distributing kits to newlyweds. Director of Family Planning, Dr. Bijay Panigrahy, said ASHAs have been trained to deliver gift kits to all newlyweds appropriately and encourage them to adopt family planning methods. “ASHAs will visit the homes where the wedding is taking place and offer the kit starting in September. In addition to educating newlyweds on spacing and limiting methods, they will also keep a close eye on the benefits of the kit. They will receive incentives,” Dr. Panigrahy said. Along with contact details for ASHA, ANM and local health workers, the kit may contain a congratulatory message on the chief minister’s wedding, the sources added. The health department also plans to scale up the delivery of new injectable contraceptives to eligible couples and roll out family planning counseling and contraception services to all functioning urban primary health centers. WEDDING KIT  Family planning benefits booklet, marriage registration form, condoms, oral contraceptive pills and emergency contraceptive pills  A home pregnancy test kit will also be included along with a grooming kit for the bride

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