Name of the Project   : Addressing Adolescent Fertility in Barwani districts of Madhya Pradesh State, India 

Supported / funded by:UNFPA

Duration:           December 2010 to December 2014                    

Goals: Increase in mean age at first conception by 1 to 2 years from baseline levels

Percentage of married couples using spacing method increase by 10% from base line levels



·   To increase Mean age at first conception among married women in 15-19 yrs 

·   To increase the percentage of married couples using spacing methods up to 30%

·   To promote spacing for married adolescents         

·   To promote care seeking behavior for RH  amongst boys and girls in target  group


Locations / Branches involved:Barwani district Madhya Pradesh state

Brief description (100 words), Adolescent fertility in country demonstrates a severe obstacle to development and can lead to lost productivity. Reports indicated high maternal mortality ratio and every block in the district has high adolescent pregnancy ratio and this indexes at district level will surely enhance good health conditions after addressing Adolescent Fertility, Project Barwani in adolescent populace. It is anticipated that addressing Adolescent Fertility, Project Barwani district will lessen the frequency of unplanned pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases in adolescent age group and generate awareness about sex-related health problems like harmful practices, unwanted pregnancy, and unsafe abortion. In many blocks of Barwani district an unmarried adolescent mother experiences social ostracism. This project helps adolescent to comprehend severity of social denial and ignorance of family.


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SapnaAwale was 16 when she was married off to a farm labourer in Holgaon, a dusty village in Madhya Pradesh’s Barwani district. Her husband was 17.Like most underage brides in the region, Sapna had very little knowledge about sex and none at all about family planning. By 17, she was already a mother, nursing an infant daughter while managing all the housework, caring for her in-laws and working as a farm labourer.Then in 2012, Sapna had a visit from the local ASHA – an accredited social health activist appointed by the Indian government’s ministry of health and family welfare to serve as a community health worker in the village. “She spoke to all of us – my husband, my family and me – and explained to us why it would be better for my health if I delayed a second child,” said Sapna, who is now 19. A few counseling sessions later, Sapna and her husband were convinced. She travelled 12 km by bus to the nearest community health centre to accepted copper-T . “We will wait for at least three years before having another baby,” she said.

Case study: Opposition of Mother in law for using FP methods:

Result/ progress/ impact (if any) (100 words)


The contraceptive acceptance among the adolescent couple has increased from 2% to 24%. The knowledge, confidence level and awareness on contraceptives among the targeted couples has improved. ASHA's capacity to provide information on contraceptive increased and her understanding on her roles & responsibilities also increased. ASHA has started talking on contraceptive methods /SRH comfortably in the community and clarifying the misconception on the contraceptive methods among young couple. It was noted that there is decrease in underage pregnancies and increase in couples accepting IUDs.








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