WOMEN HEALTH PROGRAM (WHP)

In view that, Healthy timing and spacing of pregnancies leads to a significant health-improving and life-saving measure for mothers and children, SNBS is implementing the Women Health Program (WHP) of Population Services International (PSI) to improve reproductive health status of Women by increasing knowledge of birth spacing and access to intrauterine device (IUD), an affordable, quality reproductive health product and insertion services, including awareness activities to reach out to underserved urban poor population.
The intrauterine device (IUD) is a safe and effective method of reversible contraception. IUDs are small flexible devices made of metal, copper and/or plastic that prevents pregnancy by a combination of action mechanisms: a) inhibition of sperm migration in the upper female genital tract; b) inhibition of ovum transport; and c) inhibition of fertilization.

The IUD is typically recommended to women of reproductive age who:
• require a highly effective reversible method of contraception
• prefer a method that does not require a daily routine, or a separate action with every act of sexual intercourse
• are breast-feeding
• may have difficulty obtaining contraceptives on a regular basis
• feel that lack of privacy makes use of other methods problematic
• for medical reasons do not want to use hormonal contraceptives.

Under the partnership with PSI, SNBS has been demonstrating community mobilization for demand generation of IUD insertion services and community linkages with these services.

Achievements under Women Health program
Since November 2008 till March 2009, SNBS has achieved a target of 312 IUD insertions to women of Agra urban slums.

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