NGOs welcome govt’s proposed move to offer injectable contraceptives

If implemented, it would be sixth modern contraceptive method to be given free of cost under govt’s family planing programme


New Delhi: A group of non-government organizations (NGOs) working for women’s reproductive health rights has welcomed the proposed move to offer injectable contraceptives as one of of the options in the government’s family planning programme.

Currently, the government offers five birth control options free of cost: Female sterilization, male sterilization, intra-uterine devices, condoms and pills.

The Union health ministry’s Drug Technical Advisory Board recently recommended introducing the injectable contraceptive deoxy medroxy progestrone acetate (DMPA) in the government programme.

If implemented, it will be the sixth modern contraceptive method to be given free of cost under the government’s family planing programme.

The 32 NGOs, under the banner of Advocating Reproductive Choices, have offered to provide technical support to the health ministry to address issues of quality of care in delivery and consistency in supplies of injectables. Some of these NGOs are the Family Planning Association of India, Parivar Seva Sansthan, Population Foundation of India, Janani, Abt Associates, Indian Association of Parliamentarians on Population and Development, Federation of Obstetric and Gynaecological Societies of India, Population Health Services India and Population Services International.