CHSJ has been at the forefront of raising issues of quality of care and informed choice in family planning programme. In partnership with nine civil society organisations CHSJ undertook community based monitoring of family planning services in 50 villages in 10 districts of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. The exercise included discussions with women who are intended as well as actual beneficiaries of the family planning programme. Interviews were conducted with ASHAs, medical officers and auxiliary nurse midwives (ANMs) and health facilities were observed. Hundred focus group discussions (FGDs) were conducted (two in each village), and 340 women users, 50 ASHAs and 10 medical officers were interviewed and 10 PHCs observed. Score cards were prepared to assess the performance of each district.
M A J O R F I N D I N G S
To bring together evidence and testimonies from across India, to demonstrate lack of informed choice and poor quality of family planning services
Over 200 participants from ten states shared their views and experiences. Participants included affected women and families of women who had died or suffered post sterilisation failures and complications, civil society organisations, health and human rights advocates and media representatives. The testimonies were submitted to the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) for further action. The hearing also took up the issue of addressing contraceptive needs of youth, who are currently out of the purview of family planning programmes, as well as the need to meaningfully engage men in family planning.