Nothing Stops This Gaya ANM from Providing Family Planning Counselling

Sandhya Kumari is ANM at the Iqbal Nagar urban primary health center (UPHC) in Gaya, Bihar. She has a disability that makes walking difficult, but her determination and diligence inspires others.

Similarly, urban ASHAs, like me, have not received any family planning training. I support them by providing onsite handholding support and by demonstrating family planning counseling skills. I do field visits to personally counsel eligible couples and mothers who have more than two children. Despite my physical condition, which makes walking difficult, I visit the urban poor who live in Gaya’s mountainous area.

Observing women accept family planning methods keeps me motivated. People usually ask me how I manage my travel and family planning work, but I owe it to almighty, my family and to the TCI India team, who have supported and mentored me. Today, many women on their own reach out to me for family planning related information and services.

This award has overwhelmed me, I can never believe a person who requires assistance can help someone else with a decision that is so important, like family planning.”

Sandhya Kumari was recognized by the state government as the division’s best-performing family planning service provider. She believes family planning information and services are crucial because multiple births can adversely impact a woman’s health.




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