September 5, Dhaka: The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare of the Government of India has launched two new contraceptives, injectable contraceptive Medroxyprogesterone acetate (MPA) named as ‘Antara’ and a contraceptive pill, ‘Chhaya’, in the public health system to expand the basket of contraceptive choices to address the unmet contraceptive needs of couples.
Dr Joe Thomas, the executive Director of Partners in Population and Development, an intergovernmental organization of 26 countries committed to promote, family planning and reproductive health issues among developing countries commented on government of India’s initiative to address unmet contraceptive needs. “Honorable Nadda must be congratulated for his efforts in expanding the basket of contraceptive choices to address the unmet contraceptive needs” said Dr. Thomas. India may also take efforts to provide contraceptives as part of its bi lateral assistance to other developing countries, added Dr Thomas. HE JP Nadda, the Minister for Health and Family Welfare of the Government of India is the Vice Chair of PPD board of directors.