The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has launched two new contraceptives, an injectable contraceptive MPA under the ‘Antara’ programme and a contraceptive pill, ‘Chhaya’, to meet the emerging needs of couples.
The contraceptives, which are currently available for free in medical colleges and district hospitals, have been launched in 10 states including Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Karnataka, Haryana, West Bengal, Odisha, Delhi and Goa.
“The contraceptives are safe and highly effective. The ‘Antara’ injectable will be effective for three months and the ‘Chayya’ pill will work for one week,” the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare said in an official statement.
The ministry added that training of state and district level doctors and staff nurses to support the roll-out has been completed.
To help improve the supply and distribution of contraceptives, the ministry had recently launched a new software, Family Planning Logistics Management Information System (FP-LMIS), designed to provide robust information on the demand and distribution of contraceptives to health facilities and ASHAs.
Moreover, the ministry has also launched the Mission Parivar Vikas, a central family planning initiative. The key focus of the initiative is on improving access to contraceptives through delivering assured services, ensuring commodity security and accelerating access to high quality family planning services.
— Ministry of Health (@MoHFW_INDIA) September 5, 2017