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Health Minister launches new family planning initiatives on World Population Day

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The Minister for Health and Family Welfare, J P Nadda, launched a new family planning initiative on Tuesday to mark the World Population Day.

“Mission Parivar Vikas will focus on 146 high fertility districts in seven states with high TFR (Total Fertility Rate). Under this, specific targeted initiatives shall be taken for population stabilisation through better services delivery,” Nadda stated at a function organised by Jansankhya Sthirita Kosh (JSK).

The initiative will seek to improve access through provision of services, promotional schemes, commodity security, capacity building, enabling environment and intensive monitoring, according to Nadda.

Under the Mission Parivar Vikas initiative, officials concerned have been told to review its progress in six months time to ascertain whether the programme is moving in the right direction or not.

The health minister also introduced the new injectable in the public health system under the “Antara” programme. A new software – Family Planning Logistics Management Information System (FP-LMIS) – was also launched to provide robust information on the demand and distribution of contraceptives to health facilities and ASHAs to strengthen supply chain management.

Nadda announced a new website dedicated to family planning and a 52 week radio show for couples to discuss issues related to marriage and family planning, which will be aired across the country soon.

The function was also graced by Anupriya Patel, Minister of State (HFW) for Health and Family Welfare. She said that population dynamics have a significant influence on sustainable development. According to her, the changes in population growth rates and age structures are closely linked to national and global developmental challenges and their solutions.

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