Family planning is not only a key strategy to mitigate threats to the reproductive health of women but also a basic right that should be available to them.
Dr Pradeep Kumar Vyas, Principal Secretary, Public Health Department, Government of Maharashtra underlined, “Providing women and girls with access to contraceptives is transformational. While, 54.7% women in Maharashtra are currently using family planning methods and only 7.5% men use family planning methods, which is something we need to change. As family planning is an equal responsibility for both men and women.”
Dr Sanjeev Kumar, Commissioner (Health) & Mission Director, National Health Mission, Government of Maharashtra mentioned, ”When women and men have access to the tools and information they need to plan their families and space their births, they, their families and their communities thrive. The government of Maharashtra is making several attempts to ensure that the available contraceptive choices are accessible.”
Dr Rathan Kelkar, Mission Director, National Health Mission, Government of Karnataka highlighted, “At the London Summit on Family Planning in 2012, India committed to provide contraceptive services to an additional 48 million users and sustain the coverage of 10 crores current contraceptive users. The FP2020 goal for Karnataka is to give family planning services to 18 lakh additional women and also to provide the access to contraceptives of their choice.”
Dr Rishma Pai, President, the Federation of Obstetric and Gynaecological Societies of India, Secretary, the Mumbai Obstetric & Gynecological Society underscored, ”The focus of the family planning programme has shifted from population control and emphasises on permanent methods to saving lives and improving the health of mothers and children, promoting the voluntary choice and increasing the basket of choices.”