India has committed to improve access, choice and quality of family planning in line with the FP2020 goals.
More than 30 million women in India want to avoid pregnancy, but are not using modern family planning methods. Enabling couples and individuals to access family planning information and services — regardless of when and how many children they wish to have — is vital for safe motherhood, healthy families and prosperous communities. Family planning has profound health, economic, and social benefits for families and communities. In India, there is an urgent need to delay the age of first pregnancy, enable appropriate birth spacing and prevent unintended pregnancies.
Using evidence-based research, USAID’s FP program supports an individual’s right to make an informed and voluntary choice about their use of family planning, and promotes access to any desired FP method. The program also focuses on healthy timing and spacing of pregnancies and reducing the number of unintended pregnancies. USAID works to expand available contraceptive methods, service delivery channels, and awareness of FP methods — especially for young people — helping strengthen the quality of family planning services. In addition, USAID is working to improve the reach and quality of urban health services for the urban poor and reduce their out-of-pocket medical costs.
Excerpts from lessons learned document developed by project Samvad at the end of the project.
The Family Planning situation pre and post COVID-19 pandemic in Urban India
Family Planning situation pre and post COVID-19 impact in Rural India