The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), under its MOMENTUM Country and Global Leadership Mechanism, announced a new family planning initiative for India on Friday.
Through this four-year project, he would contribute to the achievement of India’s national family planning (FP) goals.
It was designed to meet the FP and Reproductive Health (RH) needs of marginalized Indian youth in urban and rural areas of Assam, Jharkhand, Odisha, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh.
There are 332 million young people in the age bracket of 15 to 29 years old, which is more than 27.5% of India’s population. According to the National Youth Policy 2014, they contribute around 34% of India’s gross national income. According to Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare Advisor Dr. SK Sikdar, this is yet another program to achieve the goals of family planning.
“Many of our efforts focus specifically on promoting better reproductive health and reducing gender-based violence. MOMENTUM Country and Global Leadership India-Yash is designed to build on existing evidence and best practices, as well as catalyze new ideas and partnerships, using a focused and contextualized approach,” said Sangita Patel, Director from the USAID health office in India.
The program also places greater emphasis on capacity building, sustainability and resilience of local partner institutions, recognizing that strengthening the technical and organizational capacities of local organizations is necessary to provide reproductive health care and voluntary family planning. durable, factual and of high quality.
Patel reiterated USAID’s strong ties and partnership with the Government of India and their shared priority to focus on the health and well-being of Indian youth.
The project is led by Jhpiego, an affiliate of Johns Hopkins University and will promote the adaptation of high-impact interventions based on evidence and best practices proven in previous USAID investments and demonstrate innovative models to accelerate improving youth outcomes in FP and RH.
Asked about the issue, JHPIEGO Country Director Dr. Somesh Kumar said the project recognizes the importance of strong multi-sector collaboration to address the unmet needs for family planning and reproductive health and rights of young people. , especially vulnerable youth populations.
He added that this will shift power dynamics from health market actors to clients (young people) and support an enabling environment for adolescent and youth friendly health services.
The initiative would empower them to make positive FP and RH choices and also improve accessibility and affordability of quality FP and RH care and products, he said.
Ultimately, the project will create an improved youth ecosystem in which young people can make informed decisions about their reproductive health, he added.