New Delhi: To improve family planning services in the country, the government is all set to launch Mission Vikas Programme. Based onreliable services and supplies, the programme aims to better family planning choices.
Here’s what we know about it:
1. The programme will be launched in seven states – Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Assam.
2. These seven states have a total fertility rate (TFR) of 3 and above.
3. In these seven states, 146 high focus high-focus districts have been identified that have 28 per cent of the country’s population.
4. As part of the programme, the health ministry will distribute a kit containing products of family planning and personal hygiene among newly-wed couples.
5. The kits will be distributed by ASHA workers to encourage inter-spousal communication and consensual decision-making on reproductive and sexual health, delaying the birth of the first child and spacing the second.
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6. ‘Saas Bahu Sammelans’ will be held to facilitate improved communication between mothers-in-law and daughters-in-law and bridge the gap in their attitudes and beliefs about reproductive and sexual health.
7. Special buses called ‘SAARTHI-Awareness on Wheels’ will travel through these districts to generate
awareness, sensitize the community and disseminate family planning messages.
8. Messages about family planning will be disseminated with the help of local actors who can make an impact in the community.
9. Through enhanced high fertility compensation scheme, the government will increase sterilization services, roll out injectable contraceptive at sub-centre level and generate awareness about condoms and pills.
10. Under the programme, the government will study each district to find why fertility rates are higher and will take measures to address them.
Health Minister JP Nadda said, “Greater the Total Fertility Rate, the more will be the Maternal Mortality Rate and Infant Mortality Rate. Hence, reducing the Total Fertility Rate would lead to decrease in maternal mortality and morbidity and infant mortality and morbidity.”
(With Inputs From Press Trust Of India)