The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on 5 September 2017 launched two new contraceptives- an injectable contraceptive MPA under the ‘Antara’ programme and a contraceptive pill ‘Chhaya’ in the public health system to expand the basket of contraceptive choices for couples.
These contraceptives have been launched in 10 states including Delhi, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Karnataka, Haryana, West Bengal, Odisha and Goa.
The Antara and Chhaya contraceptives are presently available for free in Medical Colleges and District Hospitals.
These contraceptives are safe and highly effective. The ‘Antara’ injectable is effective for three months and the ‘Chayya’ pill is effective for one week.
These contraceptives will help meet the changing needs of couples and help women plan and space their pregnancies.
Other initiatives of Ministry to improve people's access to Contraceptives
In order to improve the supply and distribution of contraceptives, the Ministry recently launched Family Planning Logistics Management Information System (FP-LMIS) to provide robust information on the demand and distribution of contraceptives to health facilities and ASHAs.
Moreover, it also launched a central family planning initiative 'Mission Parivar Vikas' with an aim to improve the access to contraceptives. The mission is being implemented in 146 high focus districts with the highest total fertility rates in the country.
These districts are in the seven high Total Fertility Rates (TFR) states including Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Assam. The main aim of this mission is to bring down the Total Fertility Rate to 2.1 by the year 2025.
When: 5 September 2017