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  Amrit Clinic: India’s model Reproductive Health Centre

New Delhi, Apr 12: A chain of 600 specialised clinics, offering comprehensive reproductive health solutions, will be set up across the country under the brand name ‘Amrit Clinic’, which would act as the ultimate destination for availing information, products and services of the entire range of globally-adopted family planning methods.

Minister of Health and Family Welfare Shri J P Nadda launched the first of its kind Amrit Clinic during the recently concluded National Family Planning Summit in the national capital.

This is significant as increasing access to reproductive healthcare is integral for stabilised population and sustainable development.

The first such one-stop clinic has been set up in Lucknow by Hindustan Latex Family Planning Promotion Trust (HLFPPT), one of the largest Social Franchising Organisations in India. The non-profit organisation, promoted by the ‘mini Ratna’ PSU, HLL Lifecare Ltd (HLL), has been working for the last 23 years to improve Reproductive and Child Health (RCH) across the country.

Each Amrit Clinic would be 5-6 bedded with a full-time team of professional staff and would offer both basic family planning methods (IUCD, sterilisation for men and women, injectables, male and female condoms, oral contraceptive pills) as well as Natural Fertility Awareness Methods (Standard Days Method and Lactation Amenorrhea).

Also, value-added services like cost-effective infertility management services, cervical cancer screening, information on spacing, personal hygiene, family planning choices, pre- and post- service counseling and follow-up services will be provided. Some of these clinics will have training teams and technical experts.

“Amrit Clinic is based on a self-sustainable model and has the potential for up-scaling through engagement of private sector providers under social franchising approach,” said Sharad Agarwal, CEO of HLFPPT.

“It serves three unique purposes: Quality Service Delivery of family planning and reproductive health services; Capacity Building of health service providers on new family planning methods; and Evidence Generation for incorporation of new methods in Government of India’s basket of choices,” he added.

Amrit Clinics also intend to promote indigenous manufacturing of all family planning products as part of the Central government’s flagship “Make in India” programme.

Dr M Ayyappan, CMD, HLL said it is a pioneering initiative in the country that would provide affordable, reliable and quality family planning choices to the people – all under one roof.

He informed that HLFPPT would set up 600 Amrit Clinics in three phases across all districts in the country, starting with eight EAG (Empowered Action Group) states having high levels of fertility and mortality. These states are Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Uttar Pradesh, Uttaranchal, Odisha and Rajasthan.

“Setting up of Amrit Reproductive Health Clinics nationally will be a silent revolution to address reproductive health and family planning objectives. More family planning choices would lead to more balanced Contraceptive Prevalence Rate (CPR) and reduction in unmet needs to meet FP2020 goals,” Dr Ayyappan said.

Under FP2020, India is committed to meet the unmet contraception need by providing family planning services to additional 48 million women over and above the existing 100 million women. This new addition will account for 40% of India’s commitment.

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