India - The Challenge Initiative Update
Population Services International (PSI) is a leading global health organization which began its operations in India in 1988. Since then, PSI has expanded comprehensive programs targeting reproductive health, child survival, tuberculosis, sanitation, HIV/AIDS, gender-based violence, non-communicable diseases, and urban health to 17 states of the country. As TCI’s Accelerator Hub in India, PSI is uniquely positioned to ensure rapid start-up of this program due to its longstanding presence in Uttar Pradesh and strong relationship with the Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Odisha governments.
Urbanization in India has been increasing at a rapid pace, presenting an opportunity to work towards improving health of the urban poor in India. PSI is engaging with both USAID and The Challenge Initiative in joint programming named, The Challenge Initiative for Healthy Cities in India (TCIHC), to unlock public and private resources and to implement proven health solutions for urban poor. This joint program will aid urban local governments in building its capacities to manage, implement, and monitor response to reproductive health issues, especially family planning (FP). The Initiative emerges to guide and accelerate public and private sector investments in contraceptive services to ensure healthy and productive lives.
PSI is implementing a jointly funded program for greater scale and impact. In its first three years of a five-year horizon, PSI’s work as an Accelerator Hub will help urban health systems consolidate gains made by the Urban Health Initiative (UHI) in Uttar Pradesh and scale proven and innovative interventions in multiple states to increase access to quality care with the goal of increasing the contraceptive prevalence rate among women in reproductive age group in approximately 31 cities.