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World Population Day 2018: Odisha Only State To Roll Out Family Planning LMIS To All Blocks

11 July 2018

Ajesh Mallick

Bhubaneswar: Odisha is the only state in India where the Family Planning Logistics Management Information System (FPLMIS) has been rolled out to all blocks in the State and the State is planning to make it fully operational up to the sub-centre level by the end of 2019.

This was stated in a factsheet released by the State Health and Family Welfare Department on the occasion of World Population Day 2018.

It has been further stated, “Odisha through a concerted effort of Health & Family Welfare Department has been able to reduce the Total Fertility Rate (TFR) to 2.0 (SRS 2016) from a TFR of 2.2 (AHS 2012-13) whereas the TFR for the country is 2.3 (SRS 2016).”

Also states, “Spacing of birth for at least 36 months improves child survival. In Odisha the median interval between births is 41 months against the national average of 32 months (NFHS 4). Odisha is one of the best performing states in terms of spacing methods, especially use of oral pills.”

The factsheet also states, “Odisha has also been a pioneer in launching of the Reproductive Health Commodities Logistic Management System (RHCLMIS) which has been awarded in international platforms. Odisha based system of logistic management has been adapted by Government of India as FPLMIS (Family Planning Logistics Management Information System) and it has been a role model for all states regarding commodity supply and management.”

On the ongoing interventions and future strategies, the factsheet further stated, “Keeping in view the increase in demand for spacing methods as compared to permanent methods Govt of Odisha has launched newer contraceptives (Antara injectables, Centchroman and Progesterone Only Pill - POP) on 31st Aug 2017 and the department has ensured its phase wise roll out throughout the state. Currently Antara injectable contraceptives and Centchroman have been made available at all District Headquarter Hospitals, Sub-Divisional Hospitals and most CHCs.”

“Odisha in compliance to the directives of Hon’ble Supreme Court of India has shifted its approach from a target-based approach to a quality-based approach for implementation and review of the Family planning program in Odisha. The department has strengthened quality assurance activities through State Quality Assurance Committee (SQAC) at the State level and District Quality Assurance Committee (DQAC) at the district level,” it is stated.

Also stated, “With support from United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and Population Services International (PSI), Dept of Health & Family Welfare has started focused interventions in urban areas of the state by operationalizing Parivar Kalyan Divas where vulnerable populations in the urban slums will avail quality family planning services.”

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