Community Health Programs Can Work With Governments To Improve Family Planning Access

Devex: Kindling family planning change in urban slums
Gita Pillai and Anju Dadhwal Singh of the Urban Health Initiative (UHI) in India

“…Improving equitable access to family planning services and supplies as well as reducing the gap in unmet need for family planning services between the poor and the nonpoor are core UHI objectives. … Providing information to marginalized women living in slums, coupled with a newfound ability to choose from a variety of affordable contraceptive methods, proved to be a game changer. According to data compiled by local nongovernmental organizations, community workers reported an increase in modern contraceptive use from 35.6 percent in 2011 to 55.4 percent in 2014. … What makes UHI unique is its collaboration and seamless orchestration with the Indian government’s plans and policies…” (9/23).