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.

Uttar Pradesh State Office

Population Foundation of India’s Uttar Pradesh office was set up in 2007, and has played an important role in placing family planning and adolescent health in the forefront of public health priorities in the state.

Ensuring better access, quality and uptake of sexual and reproductive health services for adolescents.


The ‘Matrix of Change’ programme, aims to ensure better access, quality and uptake of sexual and reproductive health services for adolescents through increased resource allocation and utilisation by public health facilities. Under the programme supported by the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF), PFI provides catalytic support to the National Health Mission’s Rashtriya Kishor Swasthya Karyakram (RKSK) at the state level and on a pilot basis in Sitapur District. We work closely with service providers and adolescent volunteers to facilitate availability and uptake of counselling and health services.

Besides, the programme empowers stakeholders within the system to be proactive and drive accountability and action.

Increasing Investments in Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health

Population Foundation of India has been a lead partner in this global advocacy initiative by Johns Hopkins University to increase the financial investment and political commitment needed to achieve the goals of the Family Planning 2020 (FP2020) initiative and ensure access to voluntary, high-quality family planning.

The programme established District Working Groups across 12 districts in Uttar Pradesh, bringing together key stakeholders from the departments of Health & Family Welfare, Women and Child Development, Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS), Information and Broadcasting, Livelihoods, Education and Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs). Using evidence-based advocacy to draw attention to critical gaps in reach and quality of comprehensive family planning services, the programme has been successful in increasing ownership and accountability at the district and state level.  Systematic problem solving, planning and monitoring the project resulted in an increased uptake of family planning services.

Planning and mobilising resources for family planning through a convergence model of district working groups.

Uttar Pradesh has constituted Rogi Kalyan Samitis (RKS – Patient Welfare Committees) in District Hospitals, Community Health Centres (CHCs) and Urban Primary Health Centres (UPHCs) across the state. Population Foundation of India as the Secretariat of the Advisory Group on Community Action, has supported the state to strengthen the functioning of RKSs. The aim is to improve provider responsiveness and provision of quality maternal and reproductive health services in public health facilities. The pilot project was initiated in 27 public health facilities of Lucknow district in 2016. The organisation in partnership with the National Health Mission, Uttar Pradesh oriented RKS members on roles, responsibilities and governance processes. Based on encouraging outcomes from the Lucknow pilot and with technical support from Population Foundation of India, the state government has scaled up the intervention to an additional 483 facilities in 30 districts.

Improving governance, management and accountability of public health facilities

In partnership with Save a Mother foundation, PFI is implementing a pilot in Bahraich district of Uttar Pradesh to demonstrate effective mechanisms for achieving population stabilisation and universal access to sexual and reproductive health. The programme focuses on preventing early marriage, and promoting birth spacing particularly, among newly married couples and those with fewer children.

Understanding effective mechanisms for achieving population stabilisation


Saathiya Kendra: A new identity for adolescent friendly health services across Uttar Pradesh

Population Foundation of India supported the state government in conducting field research on making the 391 Adolescent Friendly Health Clinics (AFHCs) across 57 districts in UP more adolescent-friendly. The findings from the research were used to set up a model AFHC in Mishrikh, Sitapur District, with a unique branding and new identity. The Government of Uttar Pradesh launched the AFHC in Mishrikh as a model clinic in December 2019. The state also adopted the new identity ’Saathiya Kendra‘ for all AFHC’s and issued guidelines developed under the program to make the clinics lively, warm and welcoming for adolescents.

Our Uttar Pradesh team

Shilpa Nair
State Head, UP

Shilpa Nair leads PFI’s work on Gender, Family Planning, Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health, Community Action and Behavior Change Communication in the State of Uttar Pradesh. She works closely with government, policy makers, media, NGOs, civil society networks and communities to highlight, prioritize and improve health and wellbeing of women, children and adolescents. In a career spanning over two and half decades, Shilpa has led implementation of several large scale projects providing technical assistance to government institutions, strengthening civil society, mobilizing communities, building champions and catalyzing on ground implementation of health interventions and services. A member of key consultative forums of the Government of Uttar Pradesh, prior to joining PFI, Shilpa has held leadership roles with Global Health Strategies (GHS), Family Health International (FHI 360), CARE International, Program for Appropriate Technologies In Health (PATH), State Innovations in Family Planning Services Project Agency (SIFPSA) and Family Planning Association of India in projects funded by the US Agency for International development (USAID), Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) .

Divya Santhanam
State Head, Rajasthan

Divya Santhanam leads Population Foundation of India’s work on adolescent sexual and reproductive health, gender, teenage pregnancy and behavior change communication in Rajasthan. She works closely with government, policy makers, media, NGO’s, civil society networks and communities to prioritize empowerment and overall wellbeing of adolescents and women in the state. In a career spanning for 15 years, Divya has led implementation of large scale government schemes, provided technical expertise to Department of Women and Child Development, Government of Rajasthan on issues primarily related to youth and adolescent empowerment. Among her core strengths includes Public Policy formulation, Program/ Scheme design and implementing and monitoring participatory interventions in government and non-governmental organizations, Advocacy on adolescent and youth issues (health, protection, skills) and Behavior change communication.

Samim Alam Ansari
Office Assistant, UP
Abhishek Pathak
Programme Officer, UP
Amit Bhatnagar
State Administraion Officer, UP

Amit has 9 years of professional experience in administration for the corporate and development sector. His competencies lie in managing administrative operations including managing logistics, procurement process, vendor management, handling accounts and Human Resources. He has done Post- graduation diploma in management from Shri Ram Swaroop Memorial college of Engineering and Management and Bachelors in Commerce. Amit is currently with PFI’s Lucknow office.


Contact us

Population Foundation of India
C-3, Nirala Nagar,
Lucknow – 226020,  Uttar Pradesh
T: +91-522-4005091