A delegation of Indian members of parliament, senior representatives of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare-Government of India, senior representatives of NITI Aayog (National Institution for Transforming India) participated for the study tour to Indonesia hosted by Population Foundation of India from 9 -13th October 2016. The objective of the visit was to learn from Republic of Indonesia’s initiatives and best practices in the provision and access to family planning services and methods. The study tour enabled learning from successful government interventions and the work done by the BKKBN (National Family Planning Coordinating Board) in the country.
Indonesia has demonstrated success in optimising method mix in contraceptive methods, reaching rural areas, building private sector self-reliance and improving quality of care in family planning. This has helped the country to attain 60% mCPR. With the increased use of modern contraceptive methods, Total Fertility Rate (TFR) of the country which was 5.9 in late 1960s, dropped to 2.6 in 2012. This also led to increase in birth intervals. The country’s unmet need for family planning is only 11%, demonstrating the success of Indonesia’s family planning programme, hence making it an ideal site for the study tour. The study tour was an important endeavor in light of India’s strides towards achievement of its vision to improve and priorities family planning and maternal health.
As an organization committed to the cause of women’s reproductive and health rights, Population Foundation of India sees Family planning as embedded within the reproductive rights framework and very closely linked to maternal and child health indicators. The study tour to Indonesia was a significant step in strengthening the engagement of parliamentarians, policy makers and senior government officers along with champions of women’s health. The high-level delegation from India is committed to carry forward the learning and best practices for policy and program recommendations based on India’s health indicators. There needs to be sustained public discussion and collaborations using PPP and other models to underline and supplement existing government efforts.
The delegation included Dr Sanjay Jaiswal, MP from Pashchim Champaran, Bihar, Dr Heena Gavit, MP from Nandurbar, Maharashtra, Dr Kirit Premjibhai Solanki, MP from Ahmedabad, Gujarat, Mr Sudheer Gupta, MP from Mandsour, Madhya Pradesh and Mr P D Rai, MP from Sikkim apart from Dr SK Sikdar Deputy Commissioner, Family Planning, MoHFW-GoI, Mr Sumant Narain- Director, Health, NITI Aayog. Senior team from PFI included Ms Poonam Muttreja, Executive Director-PFI, Dr. Sujeet Ranjan Programme Director- PFI.