The Population Foundation of India works across the
country through regional offices located in Bihar, Rajasthan
and Uttar Pradesh. Our main office is in New Delhi.
Bihar State Office
Set up in 2005, PFI’s Bihar office has played an important role in outreach, training and strategy programmes across the state. PFI has a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the State Health Society Bihar (SHSB) to provide technical support on family planning, community action, adolescent health and social and behaviour change communication. In addition, we have been appointed as the state nodal agency for Community Action for Health (CAH).
Our field presence extends to 13,401 villages (30 per cent of total villages in Bihar), across 12 districts of the state.
Youth leaders have audited more than 200 health outreach sites and Adolescent Friendly Health Clinic (AFHCs)
Using the Advanced Family Planning (AFP) approach, we have strengthened inter-departmental coordination and action to increase access and coverage of family planning services through District Working Groups (DWGs). The programme was implemented in the six districts of Araria, Gopalgunj, Jehanabad, Kishangunj, Sheohar and Siwan. This led to significant change, including the following:
• Initiation of injectable services in 85 per cent of health sub-centres;
• Operationalisation of fixed day IUCD (Intra-Uterine Contraceptive Device – a method for spacing pregnancies) services at Additional Primary Health Centre/Health sub-centres;
• Establishment of family planning corners with trained counsellors in block Primary Health Centres ;
• Regular year-round services for sterilisation to break seasonal spikes that could compromise the health of clients.
Strengthening access and quality of family planning services
In line with the National Health Mission’s strategy, PFI strengthened capacities and empowered Panchayat and Village Health Sanitation and Nutrition Committees (VHSNCs) to increase demand and monitor availability of services at health facilities. The programme was implemented in the five districts of Araria, Darbhanga, Gaya, Nawada and Samastipur. It led to better health service delivery, including increase in the range of antenatal care services, regular counselling and distribution of family planning supplies, regular functioning of sub-health centres and primary health centres, among others.
Community mobilisation and monitoring of reproductive health and family planning services
We have built knowledge on Adolescent Reproductive and Sexual Health (ARSH) and capacities to monitor the delivery of the Rashtriya Kishor Swasthya Karyakram (RKSK-National Adolescent Health Programme) among over 8000 young people across 2 districts. The youth interacted and advocated with State Health Minister, District Magistrates and Civil Surgeons leading to initiation of Adolescent Friendly Health Clinics (PHCs) at 8 Public Health Centres, streamlined distribution of iron folic acid tablets, health checkups for adolescents and representations of young people at Village Health Sanitation & Nutrition Committees (VHSNCs).
Building agency among young people to advocate for ARSH services
PFI has partnered with the government’s policy thinktank NITI Aayog and Piramal Foundation to accelerate progress on health and nutrition interventions in aspirational districts using behaviour change communication and community action. The initiative presently covers 24 blocks of Begusarai and Sheikhpura districts.
Helping accelerate health and nutrition interventions
Innovative Behaviour Change Communication motivates young people to seek health information
Under the Advocacy Communications and Accountability programme, an innovative communication package was developed to deliver health messages to adolescent girls in two districts of Bihar. The stories of a superhuman character’s journey to overcome the challenges of adolescence found resonance among the community. The comic books developed were also converted into interactive stories, which are now being distributed on SD cards through a network of mobile recharge shops in the project districts.
Our Bihar team
Senior Program Officer, Bihar
Nilanshu Kumar is a development professional with MBA in Human Resource Management. He is public health expert with over 12 years of progressively responsible experience in Planning, Training, Program implementation & evaluation of interventions on RMNCH+A, Family Planning, maternal, newborn, child health Nutrition and Water & Sanitation. Added skills include: knowledge of designing program on public health problems; development of partnership management, program quality, prepare training curriculum, resource management, growth linkages and management information system (MIS).
Senior State Programme Manager, Bihar
Rishu Prakash is Senior State Program Manager based at Patna and leading Population Foundation of India in Bihar state. He is responsible for overall management of projects in Bihar. He has more than 12 years of work experience in Programme Management, Strategic Planning, Policy Advocacy, Communication and Capacity Building in the field of Reproductive Health, HIV/AIDS, Nutrition, and Gender. Rishu holds a Post Graduate degree in Health & Hospital Management and Rural Development and has experience of working with both national and international organizations in different states of India. Rishu is stepping up for people through community engagement and system strengthening.
State Administration Officer, Bihar
Ms. Kalpana is associated with PFI as State Administration Officer, she has nearly 8 years of experience mostly with the development sector and has been responsible for discharging administrative works including logistics and procurements, event management, coordination for IT related matters and housekeeping & office maintenance. Prior to joining PFI, she was associated with Aga Khan Support Program India & her other previous employers include BBC Media Action, EMROY, CARE India, SMNet and E.A. Water Private Limited.
Program Analyst, Bihar
Kumar Rajesh works as a Program Analyst in PFI Bihar Office. He focusses on generating evidence based insights from the field to aid the program team for improved planning and implementation of activities. He has more than eight years of experience in the development sector with national and international NGOs. He has specialised skills in Monitoring and Evaluation, Program Management and Research. Prior to PFI, Rajesh worked at Evidence Action where he supported Government of Bihar for implementation of National Deworming Day. Prior to this he worked for a USAID funded RCT on School Dropout Prevention in the state of Bihar and with Seva Mandir, Udaipur for a research on Food and Nutrition Security research funded by ICCO Netherlands. He holds a Masters in Development Studies
District Programme Officer, Bihar
Pappu Kumar, has been associated with Population Foundation of India since 2016, and looks “Community Based Monitoring of Health Services” program as District Program Officer-Nawada Bihar. Presently as DPO he does district level advocacy and coordination with government apart from providing technical support to partner organizations of CBMS intervention. He is a development professional with Master of Art in Rural Development, from Indira Gandhi National Open University and has intensive working experience of 14 years in the development sector. He is stepping up for people by amplifying family planning and reproductive health services from health department across the Nawada to change people’s lives in the community.
Program Manager, Bihar
Shekh Nausad Akhtar is Program Manager who has been associated with Population Foundation of India since last nine years. He has over 15 years of distinctive experience in the development sector, and expertise in manage programs, partnership management, advocacy, community mobilization, system strengthening and capacity building. State level advocacy and coordination with government for the programs of PFI is also one of his important responsibilities. Nausad is stepping up for people by amplifying peoples voice through community mobilisation for people’s reproductive health rights.
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