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Indian MPs, Officials Visit Indonesia To Study Best Practises In Family Planning

India is making efforts towards achievement of its vision to improve and prioritise family planning and maternal health

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A delegation of Indian members of parliament, senior representatives of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare-Government of India, senior representatives of NITI Ayog (National Institution for Transforming India) visited Indonesia to study best practises in family planning.

The objective of the visit, hosted by Population Foundation of India, was to learn from Indonesia's initiatives and best practices in the provision and access to family planning services and methods.

The study tour enabled learning from successful government interventions and the work done by the BKKBN (National Family Planning Coordinating Board) in the country, Population Foundation of India said in a statement.

It said Indonesia has demonstrated success in optimising method mix in contraceptive methods, reaching rural areas, building private sector self-reliance and improving quality of care in family planning.

"This has helped the country to attain 60% mCPR (modern Contraceptive Prevalence Rate). With the increased use of modern contraceptive methods, Total Fertility Rate (TFR) of the country which was 5.9 in late 1960s, dropped to 2.6 in 2012. This also led to increase in birth intervals. The country's unmet need for family planning is only 11%, demonstrating the success of Indonesia's family planning programme, hence making it an ideal site for the study tour," it said.

India is making efforts towards achievement of its vision to improve and prioritise family planning and maternal health.

Family Planning Vision
In the London Summit of 2012, the Indian Government was a part of the 69 nations that committed to achieve a global march to make family planning a reality.

The recent impetus to achieve India's family planning vision has been supported by the Government of India's initiative to include additional birth spacing methods to the basket of contraceptive choices available. These methods, especially injectable contraceptives mark over 60 per cent of Indonesia's (mCPR and the tour showcased specific community level engagement that has led to this positive trend.

"The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, GOI, is fully committed to provide the people of India, access to quality family planning services, with special emphasis on modern spacing methods. We are already working to ensure the smooth roll out of injectable contraceptives, centchroman and progestin only pills as additional birth spacing methods," said Dr S K Sikdar, Deputy Commissioner, Family Planning, Ministry of Health.

"The study tour to Indonesia provided an opportunity to see the actual usage of implants in the public health facilities and the ease with which insertions were being done," he said.

Dr Sanjay Jaiswal, Member of Parliament from Pashchim Champaran Bihar and the convenor of the Forum for Parliamentarians for Health and Family Planning, emphasised that "It is inspiring to learn from the great strides Indonesia has made in family planning and maternal health indicators. The protection that implants provide at a very low cost and the ease of insertion of implants, leads me to believe that India should add it to the existing basket of spacing methods."

Poonam Muttreja, Executive Director-PFI, said that "PFI is honoured to have hosted this high-level delegation. We are encouraged by the study tour and the cross learning between the BKKBN, community centric programmes in Jakarta and Lombok, and the esteemed members of parliament from both India and Indonesia."

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