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Covid-19 and a surge in unplanned pregnancies in India

The article has been authored by Dr Ratnabali Chakravorty, Obstetrician and Gynaecologist; Director, MAGS IVF and Infertility Centre, chairperson, National Advocacy Committee, Indian Menopause Society.
A survey conducted by the World Health Organization suggested a 68% disruption to family planning and contraceptive services across 105 countries amidst covid-19.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
A survey conducted by the World Health Organization suggested a 68% disruption to family planning and contraceptive services across 105 countries amidst covid-19.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on Oct 19, 2021 02:54 PM IST
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Can’t force couples to have only two children: Centre to Supreme Court

In its affidavit in the top court, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) maintained that the Family Welfare Programme in India gives couples the right to decide the size of their family without any compulsion.
An SC bench, headed by Chief Justice of India SA Bobde, had in January sought a reply from the MoHFW, which has now been filed. There is, however, no next date of hearing as yet fixed.(FILE PHOTO)
An SC bench, headed by Chief Justice of India SA Bobde, had in January sought a reply from the MoHFW, which has now been filed. There is, however, no next date of hearing as yet fixed.(FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Dec 12, 2020 04:19 PM IST
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Covid-19 exacerbates the risk of unsafe abortions | Opinion

The lack of safe abortion facilities will have an impact on both health and family planning long after the coronavirus crisis is overcome, both in terms of unwanted pregnancies and unsafe abortions. Planning for this now is the only option
A botched abortion can result in physical damage to the reproductive organs and psychological issues such as depression and stress(SHUTTERSTOCK)
A botched abortion can result in physical damage to the reproductive organs and psychological issues such as depression and stress(SHUTTERSTOCK)
Updated on Jul 26, 2020 05:43 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByLalita Panicker

World Population Day 2020: Raising awareness about the health and rights of women amid the coronavirus pandemic

World Population Day is observed in an attempt to raise awareness about the importance of family planning, adoption, gender equality, poverty, maternal health and human rights.
World Population Day marks the day when the world reached the population of 5 billion in the year 1987.(Unsplash)
World Population Day marks the day when the world reached the population of 5 billion in the year 1987.(Unsplash)
Updated on Jul 11, 2020 01:24 PM IST
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HIndustan Times, Delhi | Byhindustantimes.com

Centre to draft roadmap for achieving ‘population stabilisation’

The consultative meeting is being organised in partnership with the Population Foundation of India (PFI) along with senior officials, experts and subject matter specialists.
The recommendations from the consultation will contribute to a NITI Aayog working paper to help achieve India’s vision of attaining population stabilization, as voiced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 15 August 2019, NITI Aayog said in a statement on Thursday.(MINT PHOTO.)
The recommendations from the consultation will contribute to a NITI Aayog working paper to help achieve India’s vision of attaining population stabilization, as voiced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 15 August 2019, NITI Aayog said in a statement on Thursday.(MINT PHOTO.)
Published on Dec 20, 2019 01:55 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent

Defend the woman’s autonomy, right to choose

In theory, India’s position on abortion is progressive. In practice, the law is flawed and punishes women
The MTP Act ignores the socioeconomic implications of childbirth, placing women under intense physical, mental, and social duress(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
The MTP Act ignores the socioeconomic implications of childbirth, placing women under intense physical, mental, and social duress(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Published on Nov 19, 2019 07:43 PM IST
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ByAnubha Rastogi and Raunaq Chandrashekar

ICPD @ 25: India must prioritise reproductive rights

ICPD would be a tough act to follow but when we reconvene at ICPD+25, I hope it will give us renewed fervour, energy and thought leadership to work towards the unfinished agenda
Social factors, such as age at marriage, age at first birth, education of girls for maternal and infant well-being, and promoting a basket of contraceptive choices find prominence in the policy(Shutterstock)
Social factors, such as age at marriage, age at first birth, education of girls for maternal and infant well-being, and promoting a basket of contraceptive choices find prominence in the policy(Shutterstock)
Updated on Nov 11, 2019 02:06 PM IST
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ByPoonam Muttreja

The importance of family planning in creating healthier families

Implementing the family planning programme should not be seen only in terms of contraception but through methods of achieving the larger goals of maternal and child health
Family planning is not an end in itself, but a means to creating healthier families(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Family planning is not an end in itself, but a means to creating healthier families(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on Sep 26, 2019 03:58 PM IST
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BySunil Mehra

The population debate: Involve men in care and planning

Family planning which focuses only on women, and executed largely by women workers, will not yield the appropriate results. Male workers can convince men of the need for institutional deliveries and inform husbands of the need to be involved in child care
When men change their behaviour, it is likely that attitudes towards family size and contraception will also change(SHUTTERSTOCK)
When men change their behaviour, it is likely that attitudes towards family size and contraception will also change(SHUTTERSTOCK)
Published on Aug 31, 2019 07:33 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByLalita Panicker

Bihar poised to become 2nd most populous state by 2041

Bihar’s child per woman ratio is 3.3, higher than the national average of 2.3. The state also has a significant number of teenage births. Out of the annual 30 lakh births in the state, 3.5 lakh (approx.) are teenage births, contributing to the state’s high maternal and infant mortality as well as morbidity.
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Published on Jul 11, 2019 10:34 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Patna | ByRuchir Kumar

Review: The Moment of Lift by Melinda Gates

Melinda Gates’ first book documents how she evolved from a career woman to a mother to one of the world’s biggest champions of gender equity
Melinda Gates and her husband Bill with a toddler during a visit to Bihar in March 2011.(AFP)
Melinda Gates and her husband Bill with a toddler during a visit to Bihar in March 2011.(AFP)
Updated on May 03, 2019 07:01 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | BySanchita Sharma

Suffering birth pangs, China could scrap two-child policy to allow more

China could discuss the complete withdrawal of its family planning policy to allow citizens to have as many children they want during the upcoming session of its parliament in March, a population policy expert has said.
A girl walks with her grandmother at a market in Beijing, China.(REUTERS FILE PHOTO)
A girl walks with her grandmother at a market in Beijing, China.(REUTERS FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Jan 22, 2019 06:16 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Beijing | BySutirtho Patranobis

‘Indian women are more empowered today ’: UNFPA executive director

Dr Natalia Kanem, executive director of United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) says women in India today are much more empowered to take their own decisions about their fertility and with whom, when and how to space their children.
Dr Natalia Kanem, executive director, United Nations Population Fund.(HT Photo)
Dr Natalia Kanem, executive director, United Nations Population Fund.(HT Photo)
Updated on Dec 14, 2018 02:03 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | BySanchita Sharma, New Delhi

Free contraceptives, but only for the wedded

Fertility decline has been the slowest in Bihar, which is the third-most populated state after Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra, with a population of 110 million. Bihar is the only state in the country where couples on average continue to have more than three children, which had led the state’s total fertility rate (TFR) —the average number of births a woman has in her lifetime – stay at a high 3.4, according to National Family Health Survey-4, 2016.
Fertility decline has been the slowest in Bihar, which is the third-most populated state after Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra, with a population of 110 million.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Fertility decline has been the slowest in Bihar, which is the third-most populated state after Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra, with a population of 110 million.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Published on Dec 10, 2018 07:19 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Samasthipur (Bihar) | BySanchita Sharma

Father’s age can play a role in pregnancy outcome, baby’s health

A new study shows that as the age of the father increases so does the risk of the infant being born prematurely, having low birth weight and requiring healthcare support after delivery.
The findings reveal that children of fathers aged 45 years or more had a 14% higher risk of being premature in addition to low birth weight (less than 2,500gm) compared to those whose fathers were aged 25 to 34 years.(Unsplash)
The findings reveal that children of fathers aged 45 years or more had a 14% higher risk of being premature in addition to low birth weight (less than 2,500gm) compared to those whose fathers were aged 25 to 34 years.(Unsplash)
Updated on Nov 02, 2018 05:23 PM IST
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Indo Asian News Service | ByHT Correspondent

Anganwadi worker sacked for having three kids moves Bombay HC

The anganwadi wodker received a written communication from the state authorities in March informing her that she was being dismissed from work since she had three children.
A view of the Bombay high court.(HT File Photo)
A view of the Bombay high court.(HT File Photo)
Updated on Sep 29, 2018 02:17 PM IST
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Two-kid rule in Maharashtra’s housing societies made to promote family planning: Experts

The rule ars people with more than two children from contesting elections in residential societies.
Rahat Plaza in Sion, where three committee members were recently suspended for having more than two children, is currently registered as a single society. It was originally a sprawling colonial-era chawl with 87 housing units(HT photo)
Rahat Plaza in Sion, where three committee members were recently suspended for having more than two children, is currently registered as a single society. It was originally a sprawling colonial-era chawl with 87 housing units(HT photo)
Updated on Aug 31, 2018 01:44 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByYesha Kotak, Mumbai

World Population Day: Family planning, migration and India’s changing demographics

Falling fertility and ageing populations in developed states will create huge employment gaps that will be filled by migrants from underdeveloped north
As fertility and populations get smaller in regions where education, employment and living standards are higher, people from less developed states will migrate there looking for employment and opportunity.(Getty Images)
As fertility and populations get smaller in regions where education, employment and living standards are higher, people from less developed states will migrate there looking for employment and opportunity.(Getty Images)
Updated on Jul 11, 2018 09:20 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | BySanchita Sharma

World Population Day 2018: Most adolescents have no family planning info

India needs youth-focused sexual and reproductive health programmes, along with quality education, to unleash its economic potential, says Lester Coutinho, deputy director, family planning program, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
When young women delay their first pregnancy, they’re more likely to have higher educational achievement and gain the skills needed to be gainfully employed, which brings economic benefits, says Coutinho.(Gates Foundation)
When young women delay their first pregnancy, they’re more likely to have higher educational achievement and gain the skills needed to be gainfully employed, which brings economic benefits, says Coutinho.(Gates Foundation)
Updated on Jul 11, 2018 08:55 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | BySanchita Sharma

The rights and wrongs of using retinoid for good skin

The picture of a 78-year-old with beautiful skin went viral, causing a sudden buzz around the use of retinoids. Experts tell us how healthy these vitamins are.
Retinoid increases the turnover of skin cells.(Photo:IStock; For representational purposes only)
Retinoid increases the turnover of skin cells.(Photo:IStock; For representational purposes only)
Updated on Jun 23, 2018 06:02 PM IST
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Men must be involved more in family planning

Improve the scope of male sterilisation services, which are at present inadequate.
A recent United Nations report says India’s population will go beyond 1.44 billion, overtaking China as the most populous country in the world. Although India’s fertility rate has fallen from 4.97 during 1975-80 to 2.3 in the current 2015-2020 period, India, especially men, needs to do much more (representational photo)(© UNICEF/UN0217435/Vishwanathan)
A recent United Nations report says India’s population will go beyond 1.44 billion, overtaking China as the most populous country in the world. Although India’s fertility rate has fallen from 4.97 during 1975-80 to 2.3 in the current 2015-2020 period, India, especially men, needs to do much more (representational photo)(© UNICEF/UN0217435/Vishwanathan)
Updated on Jun 21, 2018 07:46 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByHT Correspondent

Woman with 18 children says ‘fertility fame’ did nothing to end poverty

Bissar of Haryana village become a curiosity show of sorts after she was featured in a Hindi media. Headlines didn’t end her family’s hardscrabble life.
Bissar (standing) with her son her son Shakarudin (in T-shirt) and other relatives in Akeda village of (Mewa) district near Gurugram.(Parveen Kumar/ HT file photo)
Bissar (standing) with her son her son Shakarudin (in T-shirt) and other relatives in Akeda village of (Mewa) district near Gurugram.(Parveen Kumar/ HT file photo)
Updated on Jun 14, 2018 03:42 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Gurgaon | ByLeena Dhankhar

UP govt’s ‘shagun’ for newly-weds includes condoms, pregnancy test

This shagun is part of Nai Pahal Scheme under the National Health Mission and is aimed at raising awareness about the need of adopting temporary and permanent methods of family planning by young couples.
An Asha worker gifts ‘shagun’ to a newlywed on behalf of the UP government. The gift is part of Nai Pahal Scheme under the National Health Mission.(HT Photo)
An Asha worker gifts ‘shagun’ to a newlywed on behalf of the UP government. The gift is part of Nai Pahal Scheme under the National Health Mission.(HT Photo)
Updated on May 15, 2018 12:43 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Allahabad | BySmriti Malaviya

Every third Wednesday to be observed as Male Sterilisation Day

The condition of male sterilisation has been pitiable over the last few years.
It has been directed to make plans to inspire males for vasectomy and talk to medical in-charges, woman health workers and Accredited Social Health Activists to encourage males to come forward for sterilisation.(HT FILE (REPRESENTATIVE PIC))
It has been directed to make plans to inspire males for vasectomy and talk to medical in-charges, woman health workers and Accredited Social Health Activists to encourage males to come forward for sterilisation.(HT FILE (REPRESENTATIVE PIC))
Updated on May 06, 2018 10:00 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Jaipur | ByP Srinivasan

Kerala Man’s FB post on why he got a vasectomy goes viral for all the right reasons

“Why is the responsibility of family planning imposed only upon women and not men?”
Kerala Man’s FB post on why he got a vasectomy is a must read (Habeeb Anju/Facebook)
Kerala Man’s FB post on why he got a vasectomy is a must read (Habeeb Anju/Facebook)
Updated on Apr 07, 2018 05:47 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent
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