The ability to have a say in one's childbearing, in terms of – controlling the number of children one has as well as deciding on the sizeable gap between their births – is an incredible tool of empowerment for couples. Through provision of choices and awareness about contraception, family planning significantly reduces the vulnerabilities of unwanted or untimely pregnancies, unsafe abortions, poor maternal and child health, thus saving millions of lives and in a way also controlling population.
While family planning involves many interventions, our two decades of experience has taken us through the journey of a shifting focus from limiting methods (tubectomy and vasectomy) to spacing methods (Intrauterine Devices, Oral Contraceptive Pills and Condoms) which offer scope for changes according to the couple's varying needs for family planning over time. Also, we have experienced the growing need for expanding the basket of contraceptive choices which further empowers couples to make an informed decision about the size of their family.
HLFPPT has been both a witness as well as a contributor to this transition. Through various programmes, we are committed towards improving family planning across the spectrum. On the demand side, we are consistently working towards increasing contraceptive awareness and access among communities and adding to the basket of choices; while on the supply side we are committed towards building capacities of health providers in facilitating family planning services; creating network of affordable health facilities that reach out to the unserved communities and the like.
1. Reproductive Health Framework Project: Ujjwal
Ongoing since 2013| Bihar and Odisha | 358,014 Couple Years Protection achieved | 193,702 men & women reached out | 299 Social Franchising Clinics instituted in FY 2013-14
To rapidly scale up family planning and reproductive health services among underserved areas through private sector channels, HLFPPT in collaboration with DFID (UK), is implementing Reproductive Health Framework Project in Bihar and Odisha. It aims at reducing maternal deaths from unwanted pregnancies and fertility rates by increasing use of family planning methods. Considering our expertise in social marketing and franchising, we were been entrusted the responsibility of establishing and strengthening Social Franchisee Clinics and Social Marketing Outlets that seamlessly provide family planning and reproductive health products and services in these states. Read more
2. Capacity Building of HSPs on IUCD and Pregnancy Testing Card
Ongoing since 2012 | 11 states | 190,659 IUCD insertions done and 20,263 HSPs trained till February 2015
Despite being a safe and effective spacing method for contraception, Intra Uterine Contraceptive Device (IUCD) has a very low prevalence rate in India. Limited training of medical officers and nursing personnel during medical education and prevailing myths around IUCD have often deterred its adoption at a higher scale. Having vast experience in capacity building programmes, HLFPPT is trying to address this gap by providing knowledge and skill-based training to HSPs on IUCD insertions and Pregnancy Testing Cards across multiple states.Read more
3. Social Marketing of CycleBeads:
2010-2013 | Kanpur district (UP) | 6,525 CycleBeads sold | 40,000 population covered
Standard Days Method (SDM) is a natural family planning method which can be especially effective in regions with high fertility but low contraceptive prevalence, such as Kanpur, which had 22.4% unmet need for family planning (higher than the national average of 20.5%) and low 17.5% contraceptive prevalence rate in 2008. This highlighted the need for introducing SDM to the basket of choices. As a leader in social marketing, HLFPPT undertook social marketing of CycleBeads under the brand name Ritumala in Kanpur for three years.Read more
4. Urban Health Initiative:
Uttar Pradesh (11 cities) | 6.2 million pieces of condoms (Deluxe Nirodh, Rakshak) sold | 2.3 lakh cycles OCPs (Mala-D) sold in FY 12-13
The programme focussed on improving reproductive health and family planning among the urban poor in Nigeria, Kenya, Senegal & India. HLFPPT worked as a consortium partner with FHI 360 and implemented the programme in 11 cities of UP (Agra, Aligarh, Allahabad, Gorakhpur, Bareilly, Kanpur, Varanasi, Moradabad, Mathura, Farrukhabad, and Lucknow). Key role of HLFPPT was Social marketing of Oral contraceptive Pills and Condoms. Read more
5. Health Voucher Scheme-'Sambhav Swasthya Koopan Pariyojana':
Kanpur (UP) | Free healthcare voucher distribution- 600,000 Below Poverty Line (BPL) families
To address the financial barriers to seeking institutional care, the project provided free healthcare vouchers across 368 urban slums of Kanpur (Uttar Pradesh, India) enabling residents to avail free reproductive healthcare services at accredited private health facilities. The project was implemented by HLFPPT, and supported by USAID and SIFPSA. Within three years of the project period, institutional deliveries increased from 18% to 70% and Contraceptive Prevalence Rate raised from 39.8% to 46.8%.