Annapurna Kesarwani– Urban ASHA in Prayagraj

An ASHA in Prayagraj is empowering women to take family planning decision. TCI supports the Prayagraj government in strengthening urban family planning and adolescent and youth sexual and reproductive health services for its urban poor population.

I help them with the school admission of their children. As a result, women in my area understand the importance of family planning, they themselves (in few cases along with mother-in-laws) visit UPHC on FDS days and make use of family planning services. They value family planning, education, and health overall. Most of all, today they listen to me, respect me and seek my advice in many things.

What kind of progress would you like to see in the area of family planning?
Family planning is a key factor in the development of society and nation. Each and every eligible couple should have access to short-term and long-term family planning services since this will help them to avoid unintended pregnancies and plan the size of family as per their choice.  Apart from creating awareness on family planning methods, the correct and consistent use of contraceptives should also be emphasized. Furthermore, there is a need to motivate men to adopt family planning methods.

What message or statement you would like to make for other women?
Family planning is not only beneficial for mothers and children, but it is for the entire family. Family planning provides an opportunity to woman to give more time to her family and herself. Women who have fears or believe myths associated with contraceptives should seek correct information from service provider. And women who are using contraceptives should promote the benefits among their peer groups.

Apart from this, along with champions, I provide basic education
to slum women. In fact today most of them can do their
own signatures.

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