In 1947, when India became independent, fertility was high with couples averaging six children. The population was burgeoning, public health facilities were minimal and life expectancy was low. Having too many children and too soon was becoming detrimental to women's health. A group of concerned women decided to address the issue. It resulted in the establishment of the Family Planning Association of India (FPA India) in 1949.
FPA India was instrumental in advocating for family planning to be introduced in the country's first Five Year Plan (1952). Thus, India became the first country in the world to have a family planning programme.
Currently, FPA India is a premier civil society organisation delivering essential health services focusing on sexual and reproductive health in over 18 states and union territories of India, in regions where key developmental indicators are poor and gender disparities are high. They include Bihar, Gujarat, Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Nagaland, Odisha, Punjab, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and the Union Territory of Delhi.
FPA India works with corporates, businesses and bilateral donors to deliver health services and information, build capacities and advocate for causes that support the community’s development and well-being.
A voluntary commitment to SRHR to ADVOCATE for and ENABLE gender equality and empowerment for all including poor and vulnerable people, ENSURE information, education and services, POWERED by knowledge, innovation and technology towards sustainable development.
All people empowered to enjoy their Sexual and Reproductive Health choices & rights in an India free from stigma & discrimination.
- 12.3 million Services
- 3.5 million People
- 117 Clinics
- 106 Doctors
- 626 Health workers