India holds national consultation on repositioning family planning

5 MAY 2010 | NEW DELHI

India's Health Minister Dr Azad + PMNCH's Dr Flavia Bustreo
India's Health Minister Dr Azad + PMNCH's Director Dr Flavia Bustreo

Organizer: Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India
Event dates: 5 May 2010
Venue: New Delhi, India

5 MAY 2010 | NEW DELHI – The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, organized a national consultation on "Repositioning Family Planning for Maternal and Child Health in Addition to Population Stabilization." Several Ministers of India were joined in the discussion by PMNCH Director Dr Flavia Bustreo and partners.

The importance of family planning for national health and development was emphasized by Ministers: Ghulam Nabi Azad and Dinesh Trivedi, Secretary: K. Sujatha Rao, and Additional and Joint Secretaries: P.K. Pradhan and A.M. Prasad. PMNCH contributed to the consultation with invited presentations by partners including Dr Purnima Mane (UNFPA), Dr Mickey Chopra (UNICEF) and Dr Flavia Bustreo (PMNCH secretariat).

“I firmly believe that equitable, inclusive and sustainable growth of India depends on healthy and stable population. It is a matter of great concern and urgent steps need to be taken to stabilise the population for sustainable development," Minister Azad said.

The keynote speaker and Rajya Sabha member, MS Swaminathan Swaminthan emaphasized the importance of building synergies across health and development strategies, and he captured the ethos of the consultation with the observation that: "If population policies go wrong, nothing else will have a chance to go right."