"I am now able to earn my own living and send my children to school”

Thalri Buchamma and her husband

By 2020, in India alone there will be more than 45 million women of reproductive age with an unmet need for contraception* – more than all the women of this age in the UK, France and Germany combined. Lack of access to modern methods of contraceptives has a direct impact on women’s health and wellbeing. 

Here’s an example of how family planning intervention led to huge improvements in the life of one woman and her family.

Thalri Buchamma, 36, visited the Outreach Health Camp in Jinnaram District Medak.  Thalri has three girls and had one abortion. After a check-up the doctor found that her frequent pregnancies had made her anemic.

Thalri’s family has a meager income, surviving on less than two dollars per day. Her  husband works as a coolie in a nearby shop. They could not afford nutritious food, and did not know where to get family planning services. A medical officer and the ANM (Auxillary Nurse Midwife) counselled Thalri about family planning methods and told her that the services were available at the PHC Jinnaram and at Mata Shishu Centre, run by Family Planning Association of India (FPA India). They advised her to eat green leafy vegetables which are locally available and gave her a prescription for Iron Folic Acid tablets. During the treatment for anemia the doctor advised the couple on family planning methods and demonstrated how to use a condom.

The ANM regularly followed up with Thalri. Her hemoglobin levels improved and she and her husband decided they didn’t want any more children, so the medical officer counselled the couple for permanent method of FP

Thalri started a small shop opposite the Primary School which has boosted her income. Her husband has also got employment in a shop and now has a regular income and their children are all going to school. Thalri regularly visits the FPA India Health centre and helps the staff with their awareness programmes. She is also referring her customers to the centre for family planning counseling and services.

Thalri said:

“FPA India has helped me to improve my health. They came to my help when I and my family had lost confidence. The sister made frequent visits to my house to find out about my health. Now I am a health volunteer and help other women get the services they need at FPA India. With the support of FPA India, I am now able to earn my own living and send my children to school”

In 2012, at the London Family Planning Summit, the India Government made pledges to enable 120 million more women and girls across the world to use contraceptives by 2020.  The government promised to scale up Universal Health Coverage through its largest public health programme (National Rural Health Mission) and to introduce a choice of methods in the new strategy. 

Crucially, for women like Mrs. Thalri, the government promised to distribute contraceptives through community health workers and rural health sub-centers and exceed the family planning budget to US $2 billion from by 2020.

FPA India is operating 39 permanent clinics, 101 mobile facilities, and has a network of nearly 2,700 community-based distributors /services (CBDs/CBSs) across India. As an advocate, the organization’s goal is for the Government of India to actively support SRHR in their agenda. The organization has been instrumental in building strong relationships with the Parliamentarians and getting their support in signing pledges.  At the Family Planning Summit in London (2012), the government of India promised to increase investment for National Rural Health Mission and FPA India has been instrumental in monitoring the budget for this program.    

In 2012, at the London Family Planning Summit, the India Government made pledges to enable 120 million more women and girls across the world to use contraceptives by 2020.  The government promised to scale up Universal Health Coverage through its largest public health programme (National Rural Health Mission) and to introduce a choice of methods in the new strategy. 

Crucially, for women like Mrs Thalri, the government promised to distribute contraceptives through community health workers and rural health sub-centers and exceed the family planning budget to US $2 billion from by 2020.

FPA India is operating 39 permanent clinics, 101 mobile facilities, and has a network of nearly 2,700 community-based distributors /services (CBDs/CBSs) across India. As an advocate, the organization’s goal is for the Government of India to actively support SRHR in their agenda. The organization has been instrumental in building strong relationships with the Parliamentarians and getting their support in signing pledges.  At the Family Planning Summit in London (2012), the government of India promised to increase investment for National Rural Health Mission and FPA India has been instrumental in monitoring the budget for this program.    

 

*http://makewomenmatter.org/what-we-need-to-do/