Population Foundation of India with donor support from Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Advocacy at the national level
June 2014 – June 2017
To increase funding and support to improve policies and expand quality family planning services, including birth spacing methods, using a human rights approach and a women’s empowerment framework
To improve the knowledge of key influencers and decision makers on family planning in India and highlighting the urgency to increase the availability of quality family planning services with an expanded basket of contraceptive choices in the country
Parliamentarians, representatives of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and related departments, the media, civil society organisations and other stakeholders.
Advocating Reproductive Choices (ARC), a coalition advocating enhanced accessibility and expansion of contraceptive choices, is engaged in increasing knowledge and dialogues on issues around family planning in the framework of human rights and women’s empowerment. PFI currently holds the National Secretariat of the ARC coalition www.arccoalition.org and intends to dialogue with the above stakeholders to ensure the realisation of India’s FP2020 commitments.
Initiated in 2005, ARC is a coalition of like-minded civil society organisations working in the field of sexual and reproductive health. Its advocacy initiatives primarily address issues related to unmet needs for contraception. ARC aims to expand contraceptive choice for the Indian population by widely promoting and making available safe and affordable, effective and high quality contraceptives in the public and private health service delivery system. The coalition also aims to reposition family planning at the national level in the context of maternal health outcomes. The four major thrust areas for ARC are: Injectables, Intrauterine Contraceptive Devices, Emergency Contraception and Non-Scalpel Vasectomy. ARC explicitly supports the Indian Government’s focus and commitment to FP2020 to expand contraceptive choices to 48 million new users and support 100 million current users.