On its 60th anniversary, the Family Planning Association of India (FPAI) has gifted the city a new health and medical training centre.
Inaugurated on December 4, the Avabai Wadia Health Centre (AWHC) at Tilak Nagar, for training and research in reproductive health will be fully operational in three months.
“It is very important for our doctors to focus on the quality of care they give to women,” said Dr Usha Krishna, national president of FPAI on Wednesday.
The FPAI has 40 branches, medical centres and training programmes all over India.
The 6000 square feet Tilak Nagar centre will provide specialized training to doctors and paramedics in antenatal care, promoting family planning, safe motherhood and safe abortions.
The Rs 5 crore required for setting up the AWHC were donated by the late Avabai Wadia, one of the pioneers of the concept of family planning in the world, as well as the founder of the FPAI and the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF).
“As a doctor I have found that education makes all the difference in the life of a woman, giving her status and the ability to make decisions,” added Dr Krishna.
His recent surveys have found maternal mortality rates as high as 490 per lakh illiterate women as opposed to 72 per lakh among college-educated women.
FPAI’s has a youthwing focusing on education of adolescents, HIV/Aids affected, sex-workers, and people with alternate sexualities, said Dr Jacqueline Sharpe, IPPF president.