Shri JP Nadda, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare during the inauguration of The National Family Planning Summit 2016
"There has been a paradigm shift and family planning has now emerged as a key strategy to reduce maternal and child mortalities and morbidities". This was stated by Shri JP Nadda, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare during his inaugural address at the two-day National Summit on Family Planning.
The Union Health Minister launched the new revamped logo for Family Planning media awareness campaign along with the 360 degree communication plan for enhanced awareness regarding various issues surrounding family planning in the country. Highlighting the importance of communication in addressing such issues, he noted that a comprehensive strategy has been worked out where maternal and child health and wellbeing have been placed at the Centre point of the new approach, Shri Nadda pointed out. Shri Amitabh Bachchan is the brand ambassador and anchor for the new communication approach. The IEC package has several TV and radio spots which focus on the role of various stakeholders such as the mother, father, mother-in-law, husband and other in the families as well as the role of community health workers, doctors, nurses, ANMs and ASHAs to educate and inform regarding the available choices. The promotion of family planning - and ensuring access to preferred contraceptive methods for women and couples - is essential for securing the well-being and autonomy of women, while supporting the health and development of communities, Shri Nadda stated.
Noting that Family Planning is a key development imperative, Shri Nadda said that Family planning reinforces people's rights to determine the number and spacing of their children. The freedom to personally determine the timing of a pregnancy strengthens above all the position of women in society. It helps reduce child mortality and improve maternal health, because many pregnancies in quick succession put mother and child at risk.
The Union Health Minister also stated the new strategic approach emphasizes continuum of care and integrated action, and Family Planning has now been put in the centre-stage as a major pillar of our RMNCH+A strategy to improve survival and health of women and children with special focus on delaying the first birth and spacing between births. The Health Minister highlighted the centrality of issues such a social and cultural practices, low literacy, poverty and lack of timely access to appropriate healthcare facilities.
"We know that Child survival, maternal health, increasing age at marriage, postponing the birth of the first child, increasing birth intervals, women's empowerment and employment, literacy and antipoverty efforts are important determinants for stabilizing the population", Shri Nadda stated.