Innovations at Work for Reproductive and Child Health

Author : Aradhana Johri, J. S. Deepak, Gadde Narayana

In Uttar Pradesh, access to quality family planning and ante natal care and safe delivery services is very limited and there is low community participation in the reproductive health sector. This has resulted in a high unmet need of 30 percent for family planning and high risk of neo-natal, infant and maternal mortality. The IFPS Project is being implemented in 28 districts of Uttar Pradesh in North India. The population covered by the Project is about 78 million that includes 13 million married women aged 15-49, their spouses and children under the age of 5 years.

Key features of the IFPS Project include decentralized participatory planning, involvement of private sector, rapid scaling up through replication of pilot models, operationalization of sustainable strategies and cross cutting IEC and social marketing activities. In 5 years, 160 private sector projects have resulted in more than 600,000 new clients of birth spacing methods and doubling of CPR in 15 focus districts. Further, ante natal care and safe delivery services to women and immunization services to children have also improved.

Presented / Published

Paper presented at Global Health Council, 27th Annual Conference, June 13-16, 2000 Arlington, Virginia, USA

Key Words: Private sector networks, decentralized planning, Uttar Pradesh