AFP conducts regional consultations for review and revision of Uttar Pradesh's population policy

  As part of the review and revision of Uttar Pradesh’s population policy in partnership with State Innovations in Family Planning Project Services Agency (SIFPSA), Advance Family conducted four regional consultations to  facilitate  discussion and deliberate on the development of the new population policy. These consultations were held to ensure voices from all sections of the state for development of an integrated policy.

  Four regional consultations across 75 districts brought together approximately 700 participants including government officials, religious leaders, civil society representatives, private health care providers and      academicians. The    consultations provided a platform for sharing state specific data and progress. It provided insights on various issues, challenges, and recommendations for the revised policy in a participatory process.  The discussion focussed on key family  planning issues: measures to reduce TFR and increase CPR, increasing male participation, increasing age of marriage, improvement of sex ratio at birth and strengthening health  systems for improving quality of care and services.

 Below are some key recommendations that emerged from the four regional consultations:

  1. Increase political will for family planning, thus ensuring that family planning becomes a priority for the state at all levels
  2. Reduce unmet need – focus attention on spacing methods and not just on permanent methods
  3. Expand choice of methods available
  4. Improve counselling services
  5. Increase the number of family planning service delivery centres for easy access
  6. Ensure supply of contraceptive and reduce stock outs
  7. Strengthen monitoring systems and feedback mechanism till block level
  8. Strengthen Adolescent Friendly Health Services (AFHS)
  9. Improve quality of care for family planning services
  10.  Convergence with other government departments and engagement with private sector and civil society

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