Advocacy is a process of creating support, building consensus and fostering a favourable and conducive environment through well-planned actions undertaken at various levels of governance by individuals or organisations working for a cause. In line with this principle, FPA India relentlessly advocates for realising the health rights of people, especially the poor and vulnerable, with key stakeholders. It believes that sexual rights are human rights, and through strategic advocacy, partnerships and coalitions, FPA India strives to bring changes at the policy formulation, implementation and improvement stages.
The rapidly changing national demographics, strong national health programmes and the ambitious Ayushman Bharat Health Insurance Scheme, all impact the way FPA India plans and delivers its sexual and reproductive health (SRH) programmes.
- Young population: With 19% of India’s population in the 15-24 age group and over half a billion under 25 years of age, there is opportunity for a demographic dividend.
- Unmet need for family planning and SRH services: Stigma and discrimination due to age, marital status, class, gender, caste, sexuality, economic conditions and other markers pose major challenges to the implementation of sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR).
- Low priority for SRHR: SRHR needs to be prioritised on the national development agenda to link SRH rights with fundamental rights.
- Government schemes: The government implements many schemes for young people, women and vulnerable groups related to health, livelihood and rights. These pose opportunities for a strong referral system and partnership building, affecting long-term SRHR outcomes.
FPA India has been participating in district, state, national and international meetings and discourses to discuss and review Sustainable Development Goals, International Conference on Population and Development, Family Planning 2020 (FP2020), Rashtriya Kishor Swasthya Karyakram and other important development agenda. And through its robust advocacy strategy, FPA India reaffirms its resolve to mobilise support and resources for universal access to healthcare and services, family planning and overall SRH.
- Young population
- Unmet need for SRH services
- Low priority for SRHR
- Government schemes