30% Women In Madhya Pradesh Unaware Of Contraception Methods, Finds Study

Women are unaware of the contraceptive methods as information does not reach them.

Bhopal: As the government is all set to roll out ‘Mission Parivar Vikas’ programme for better family planning in the country, a study from Madhya Pradesh has indicated what could be the missing link to achieve it.

Nearly 30 per cent women in Madhya Pradesh are not aware of the methods of contraception, claims Family Planning Association of India, an organisation engaged in promoting sexual health and family planning in the country.

Talking about the need to generate awareness on birth control and reproductive health, Dr Mamta Mishra, president of the organisation’s Bhopal branch, said that women are unaware of the methods as information does not reach them.

Media has a big role to play in spreading awareness about sexually transmitted diseases, contraception methods and rising population, she said on Thursday.

“People consider use of condom as the best way for family planning, therefore, its quality should be improved and a system should be developed to ensure that it reaches every household,” Dr Mishra was quoted as saying by news agency PTI.

Bindiya Nimla, organisation’s advocacy director echoes her thoughts and seeks media intervention to spread awareness about birth control.

As part of government’s ‘Mission Parivar Vikas’, the prime focus is on seven states which have a Total Fertility Rate or TFR of 3 and above and Madhya Pradesh is among them.

The government, through distribution of family planning kits, ‘Saas Bahu Sammelans’ (mother-in-law and daughter-in-law meetings regarding reproductive health) and rolling out special buses (‘SAARTHI-Awareness on Wheels’ to sensitise people), aims to raise awareness on family planning.

(With Inputs From Press Trust Of India)