Despite being a safe and effective spacing method for contraception, Intra Uterine Contraceptive Device (IUCD) has a very low prevalence rate of 1.9% 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 (PTCs) across multiple states. Operational since 2012, the programme is being implemented under the guidance of the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, with financial support from the State Rural Health Missions, and in coordination with the State Institute of Health & Family Welfare.
The programme aims to provide knowledge and skill-based training on IUCD insertions and PTC to ANMs, LHVs, Staff Nurses and Medical Officers posted at Sub Centres, Primary Health Centres (PHCs) and Community Health Centre (CHCs). It also endeavours to engage community stakeholders like Anganwadi Workers (AWWs) and Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHAs) for post-insertion follow-ups on IUCD for its higher retention.
This is a multi state, multi phased programme presently being implemented in 6 states across India which are: Haryana, Assam, Chhattisgarh, UP, Jharkhand and Himachal Pradesh. These apart, HLFPPT has also implemented phases of the programme in Bihar, Rajasthan, Odisha, J&K, and Uttarakhand). Till February 2015, the programme has conducted a total of 190,659 IUCD insertions and trained a total f 20,263 HSPs.
PERFORMANCE DURING FY 13-14: