Location: Khusrupur, Fatwah, Bakhtiarpur, Daniawan and Punpun blocks of Patna, Bihar
About the Project
Behavior change through village level focused group discussions and inter personal communication interventions, to promote 'awareness on access to safe abortion services' with special focus on health intermediaries, ASHA, Aanganwadi Workers, ANMs and community understand the early and legal aspects of abortion.
Despite legalisation of abortion, the availability of skilled services particularly in rural area is very limited. The urgent need to increase abortion facilities both in rural and urban areas was realised quite some time back by government(s), national and international agencies, so that a woman could have access to safe and hygienic abortion facilities, if she desires to terminate her pregnancy. Thus agencies like IPAS came forward to provide abortion related special skills to medical practitioners. Now, the skills of doctors have been upgraded, not everywhere, but at many places, and the effort is going on to cover the remaining doctors too. Despite this there is no significant improvement in patient load. It seems, the strength of this supply side in terms of creating access on service delivery always remains underutilised because of lack of community awareness on the service provision under the purview of social stigma/myths associated with unintended pregnancies and abortions.
Under the project 59,947 women have been reached directly/indirectly forbehaviour change through village level FGD's in 257 villages of five blocks: Fatwah, Khusrupur, Bakhtiarpur, Daniawan, and Punpun of district Patna.
- Sensitised AWWs and ASHAs on MTP Act;
- Improved technical skills of ANMs to identify 'risk factors' during pregnancy;
- 59,947 women of all ages oriented and sensitised through village level FGD/IPC in 257 villages;
- Design and development of tools.