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Amplify Change

Abortion is one of the leading causes of maternal death all over the world. Abortion is also very contested issues in many places. However, India is one country where abortion laws are very liberal. A large number of abortions continue to be conducted illegally, using dangerous methods and it contrutes large proportion to the over 100,000 maternal deaths that take place every year in country.

UPVHA is implementing Amplify Change Project, funded by Ipas Development Foundation, to strengthen SRHR movement especially access to safe abortion by creating a network of CSOs “Sanjha Prayas” in 10 districts of Uttar Pradesh. The districts are: Lucknow, Kanpur Nagar, Sitapur, Hardoi, Barabanki, Basti, Meerut, Unnao, Shrawasti and Shahjahanpur.

Objectives

  • To build an enabling environment for strengthening SRHR, including access to safe abortion and contraception services at the district and state levels
  • To bring SRHR, including safe abortion on the agenda of district and state-level officials using local evidence from community-based research, planning and implementing district and state level sensitization activities
  • To sensitize local media and improve engagement on SRHR issues, including safe abortion and contraception
  • To improve access to SRHR resources, information and services at the district and state levels

Achievements

  • Meetings with Sanjha Prayas Network of 10 districts of UP with the support of Ipas Development Foundation
  • 30 Focus Group Discussions organized in 10 districts of UP with different target groups like married women, unmarried women and married men
  • Indepth interview with different stakeholders like CMO, Service Provider, Media, PRI, ASHA and ANM
  • Experience sharing and learning meeting for sharing experiences and cross learning among partners, specifically on community research and to identify key advocacy issues which have emerged during community research