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Release of the First Round of Research Findings | Analysis of Parliament Questions on Population & Health

Release of the First Round of Research Findings

International/NationalConferences and Seminars

Since its establishment, the IAPPD is organizing national as well as international conferences and seminars in the field of population and development. Efforts are made to increase the level of understanding and awareness of population issues on the part of elected representatives secure their cooperation and support.

Research Studies

The IAPPD undertakes research studies in the area of advocacy, population and development, HIV / AIDS, etc. in the country. The government uses the study results and policy recommendations as basic materials for formulating its programmes and policy in the field of population and development. Acknowledging the endless efforts of the IAPPD in the field of population and development, the United Nations' Population Fund (UNFPA) has assigned the IAPPD to carry out a project, tided 'Involvement of Elected Representatives for Advocacy on Population, Reproductive Health, HIV / AIDS, Reproductive Rights and Empowerment of Women'. The project was entrusted to the IAPPD by the UNFPA through the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India .

Workshops for MPs and Legislators

In order to sensitize the parliamentarians and legislators regarding new issues and perspectives on population policy and population stabilisation programme several workshop were organised by IAPPD. These workshops enabled the elected representatives to understand the paradigm shift in policies and programmes on population stabilization, reproductive rights, empowerment of women and HIV / AIDS. Issues such as advocacy for male participation, gender equity and equality and promotion of adolescents were also discussed in these workshops. Apart from elected representatives at Centre, State and district level, workshops were also organized up to the block level representatives and opinion leaders.

Training of Trainers

Endowed with a very rich panel of subject experts on population, environment and socio- economic development, IAPPD provided training to trainers on different themes, subjects and issues specially during the project on 'Involvement of Elected Representatives for Advocacy on Population, Reproductive Health, HIV / AIDS, Reproductive Rights and Empowerment of Women'. The trainees included government programme administrators, NGOs, academicians, social activities, opinion leaders and influential social and religious leaders.


National Activities 2015

1. Interface Meeting with Parliamentarians on Strengthening MDG - 5 A and 5 B in South Asia - Creating Champions and Garnering support for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (Jointly organized by IAPPD and FPAI - February 26, 2015, New Delhi)

The meeting was Chaired by Mrs. Viplove Thakur, MP and Vice-Chairperson of IAPPD, and attended by around 12 MPs and 9 representatives of IAPPD and FPA India .
The objective of the meeting was to create champions among the elected representatives and garner support for sexual and reproductive health and rights. Parliamentarians from different political parties attended the meeting



2. Consultation on Post 2015: Agenda with Parliamentarians and Key Stakeholders(Jointly organized by IAPPD and FPAI - June 9, 2015, New Delhi)

Indian Association of Parliamentarians on Population and Development (IAPPD) and Family Planning Association of India (FPA India) have organized a one-day Consultative Meeting with Parliamentarians and other Key Stakeholders on Tuesday, June 9, 2015, in New Delhi.
A total number of 30 members consisting of 15 Members of Parliaments from different political parties and the remaining 15 Technical Experts of IAPPD and Senior Officials of FPAI attended meeting.
Two follow-up Consultations were also organized in Bhubaneswar, Odisha, and Chandigarh, Haryana, on June 24, 2015 and June 26, 2015, respectively.
30 participants, consisting of 5 Members of Parliament, 9 Members of Legislative Assembly and 16 members from civil society and senior officials of FPA India and IAPPD attended the Bhubaneswar meeting.
The Chandigarh meeting was attended by 25 participants consisting of 3 MPs, six Members of Legislative Assembly and 16 senior officials of FPA India and Civil Society members.
The objective was to initiate a dialogue with Parliamentarians and other key stakeholders in articulating the Post - 2015 development agenda with special focus on Sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), and work with the MPs and Key influencers to establish a mechanism for initiating action on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at country level, ensuring greater ownership and accountability.



3. ARC Capacity Building by using AFP SMART tool

Shri Manmohan Sharma, Dr. Abhay Kumar and Shri U.S. Bhandari attended the Workshop on ARC capacity building by using AFP SMART tool, June 24 & 25 at Viceroy Room, Hotel Eros, Nehru Place, New Delhi organized by Population Foundation of India (FDI).
The main purpose of 2 days workshop way to request all state chapters to compile the following:
  • Brief Status of Family Planning Programmes in their respective states.
  • Updated data to reflect the family Planning indicators from respective state.
  • Challenges around family planning and reproductive health.
  • Any data to reflect the expenditure on F.P. and reproductive health in the State and
  • Information around Family Planning in the Recent PIPs.


4. Context Analysis of the Questions raised by Parliamentarians from the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare in different sessions during 2009 - 2015

The main objectives of the study to understand the concern of the members of Parliament about the population and development issues and to identify about population policy programme and their achievements.

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Sustainable development Goals are a new, universal set of goals/targets and indicators that UN members States will be expected to use to frame their agendas and political policies over the next 15 years (2030).
If member States agree the draft set of 17 SDGs at UN Submmit in New York in September, 2015, they will become applicable from January 2016.

5. Dinner Meeting of Parliamentarians' : Towards a TB - Free India on 21st December, 2015 at Hotel Le Meridien, New Delhi

Indian Association of Parliamentarians on Population and Development (IAPPD), The Union and Central TB Division, Ministry of Health & Welfare (MoH&FW), Government of India jointly organized the above meeting. The objective of the meeting was to sensitize the Parliamentarians on the TB situation in Indian and needs urgent action to make the people aware of this, now becoming deadly disease in India.
The meeting was chaired by Prof. P.J. Kurien, Dy. Chairman, Rajya Sabha, Chairman, IAPPD and attended by fourteen Members of Parliament from different political parties and one Member of Legislative Assembly of Delhi. Besides, about 20 Senior Official of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the Union and the IAPPD also attended the meeting.
The meeting was a successful effort by IAPPD with the collaboration of the UNION.



6. Visit of European Parliamentarians Study Tour to India

A six Members Parliamentary delegation consisting of Members of Parliament from the countries Germany, Denmark, France, and Italy visited India from 7-13, February, 2016. The Study tour was sponsored by EPF, Belgium and being the hosted in India by Family Planning Association of India (FPA, India) Mumbai, IPPF, South Asian Region, Delhi and IAPPD, Delhi. During this period the delegation members were called on Prof. P.J. Kurien, Hon’ble Deputy Chairman, Rajya Sabha, Chairman, IAPPD and Vice-Chairman, AFPPD on 9th February, 2016 at 4.00 PM in his Chamber, Rajya Sabha.
The purpose of the study tour was to showcase interim and long-term solutions to improve Reproductive, Maternal, New born, Child and Adolescent Health (RMNCA) Health of the most vulnerable population particularly women and girls.
Prof. Kurien briefed the delegation members about the work being done in the field of gender equality, women empowerment, and reduction in MMR/IMR/TFR in India.
The delegation members also provided inputs regarding the work being carried out in their respective countries in this field. The delegates thanked the support extended by Prof. P.J. Kurien, Dy. Chairman, Rajya Sabha and IAPPD during their visit.



7. Discussion on Post ICPD/MDGs and Now SDGs - 12th February, 2016 Le-Meridian Hotel, New Delhi

To welcome Shri Virendra Sharma, Senior Member of Parliament of the United Kingdom (UK), London and a very active member of the European Parliamentary Forum, Belgium (EPF), in India. A meeting was jointly organized by IAPPD and Population Foundation of India.
The Meeting was chaired by Smt. Viplove Thakur, MP, Vice Chairperson, IAPPD and attended by 9 Members of Parliament and 8 senior officials of PFI, IAPPD and other Civil Society’s organisations.



8. Visit of Shri Virendra Sharma, MP (UK) to IAPPD -13th February, 2016

To welcome Shri Virendra Sharma a Senior Member of Parliament of United Kingdom (UK), London and a very active member of the European Parliamentary Forum (EPF) a meeting was held with IAPPD Technical Advisory Committee Members and other invitee members in the Committee Room of IAPPD.
The objective of the meeting was to apprise the hon'ble MP, Shri Virendra Sharma about IAPPD activities and exchange the views on Post ICPD/MDGs and now SDGs and also IAPPD and THE UNION working together on eradication of TB from India.
About 16 members which included Ex. Speaker, Delhi Assembly, MLA, Delhi Assembly and 14 other Experts and Civil Society Members attended.

9. International Conference on Male Involvement in Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Health : Evidences, Actions & Possibilities - 28 February - 2 March, 2016 - Mumbai

This Conference was organized under the Patronage of the Ministry of Health Government of India by the National Institute for Research in Reproductive Health (ICMR), Mumbai.
The objective of the Conference was to identify research gaps in Male involvement for improving Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Health.
Shri Ananda Bhaskar Rapolu, MP, Shri Uttamsingh Pawar, Ex. MP and Shri Manmohan Sharma, Executive Secretary, IAPPD attended.



10. Visit of Ms. Toshiko ABE, MP/Minister, Japan to IAPPD - 8th April, 2016

Ms. Toshiko ABE elected to House of Representatives (HR) in 2009 and joined Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan. She was re-elected in 2012 and 2015 and joined State Minister of Agriculture, Forest and Fisheries from December, 2014 - October 2015.
She along with her Team Members visited Parliament to meet with Prof. P.J. Kurien, Dy. Chairman, Rajya Sabha, Vice-Chairman, AFPPD, Chairman, IAPPD on 8th April, 2016 in his Chamber, Rajya Sabha. She then visited to IAPPD office to know about the activities being undertaken by IAPPD in the areas of Population and Development activities. Mr. Manmohan Sharma received her and she interacted with the officials of IAPPD. She was impressed about the activities of IAPPD. She thanked for support extended by IAPPD during her stay in Delhi.



11. Project on Engagement of Parliamentarians "Realizing Commitments to Family Planning in India" - 4th May, 2016, Shangrila Hotel, New Delhi

A meeting for discussing on Family Planning and Maternal Health issues in India was jointly organised by IAPPD and PFI.
A total number of 8 Members consisting of Hon’ble Members of Parliament, Mrs. Viplove Thakur, Dr. Vijaylaxmi Sadho, Shri Jugal Kishore Sharma and the remaining 5 senior officials of IAPPD and PFI attended the meeting.



12. Lunch Meeting with Parliamentarians Towards a TB-Free India - 11th May, 2016, Hotel Clardiges, New Delhi

A Meeting with Members of Parliament consisting of Mrs. Viplove Thakur, Anand Bhaskar Rapolu and 5 Senior Officials of IAPPD and The UNION was attended the meeting.
The Meeting was jointly organized in collaboration of IAPPD and The UNION. The main agenda of the meeting was seeking Parliamentarians support in call to action as champions of TB and signing the Barcelona Declaration of Global TB causes.

13. Parliamentarians' Meet on ‘Population, Development, and Reproductive Rights' - 11th May, 2016, at 5.00 PM - Parliament House Annexe, New Delhi

The meeting was jointly organized by Family Planning Association of India (FPAI) and IPPF, South Asia Regional Office. Twelve Members of Parliament from different political parties attended the meeting. Shri Manmohan Sharma, Executive Secretary, IAPPD also attended the meeting.
The main agenda of the meeting was to discuss on Population Stabilization and Reproductive Rights and Development frame work.

14. Dinner Meeting: Engagement of Parliamentarians "Realizing Commitments to Family Planning in India" - 12th May, 2016, Shangrila Hotel, New Delhi

A Meeting with Parliamentarians consisting of Shri Anand Bhaskar Rapolu, Shri Laxmi Narain Yadav and Shri Baishnav Parida and 3 Senior Officials from IAPPD and PFI was attended the meeting.
The Meeting was jointly organized in collaboration with IAPPD and PFI. The main agenda for the meeting was to discuss with Members of Parliament on Family Planning and Maternal Health Issues in India.



15. Exposure Visit for Parliamentarians to Udaipur (Rajasthan) - 14 - 15 July, 2016

To sensitize Members of Parliament on family planning and reproductive health and showcasing innovative model of family planning service delivery benefitting the marginalized populations, an Exposure Visit for seven members of Parliamentarian was organized by IAPPD in collaboration with Population Foundation of India (PFI) and ARTH (Action Research and Training for Health), Udaipur (Rajasthan).



16. Project on Engagement of Parliamentarians: Realizing Commitments to Family Planning in India, New Delhi - 28th July, 2016

With the objective to discuss issues related to family planning and maternal health in India, a one-to-one meeting with the Members of Parliament was organized by IAPPD in collaboration with Population Foundation of India in New Delhi. The meeting was attended by 6 Members of Parliament and senior officials from TRIFED IAPPD and PFI.

17. Parliamentarians meet TB-Free India, Hotel Le Meridian, New Delhi - 8th August 2016

This meeting was jointly organized by IAPPD and the International Union against TB and Lung diseases (CTB - The Union) and Central TB Division MoHFW, Government of India.
The main objective of Engaging Parliamentarians is to sensitize them about the issue of TB in the country and seek their support in raising the profile and generate commitment to address challenges of TB in India.



18. Himachal Legislators Meet Towards a TB-Free India - 26th August 2016 - Shimla (Himachal Pradesh)

Indian Association of Parliamentarians on Population and Development (IAPPD) in collaboration with the International Union Against TB and Lung Disease (The Union) and Central TB Division (CTD), Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW) organized the 'Himachal Legislators Meet Towards a TB-Free India' in Shimla to discuss the problem of TB in Himachal Pradesh and Emphasize the need for collective action at all levels. The meet was inaugurated by Shri Virbhadra Singh, Honorable Chief Minister, Himachal Pradesh and attended by a large number of MLAs and other state officials.



19. Cover Story

Hon'ble President of India Shri Pranab Mukherjee, congratulated the Indian Association of Parliamentarians on Population and Development for bringing out the Project report entitled "Content Analysis of Parliament Questions on Population and Health, with special emphasis of Reproductive and Child Health (RCH) and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) - (2014 - 2016)". The Report was presented to the Hon'ble President by Prof. P.J. Kurien, Deputy Chairman, Upper House of Parliament and Chairman of IAPPD on September 26, 2016. Smt. Viplove Thakur, MP and Shri Avinash Rai Khanna, Former MP, and Shri Manmohan Sharma, Executive Secretary, IAPPD and 7 members of Technical Advisosry Committee, IAPPD were also present on this occasion.
The objective of the study was to understand the level of awareness among the Parliamentarians on national and international demographic and health agenda. The results of the report were presented under the four categories of population and health questions i.e. population growth and stabilization, reproductive and child healthcare and SRHR, HIV/AIDS and gender ratio, sex determination and female foeticide.
The study was conducted by IAPPD with the support by Asian Forum of Parliamentarians on Population and Development (AFPPD), Thailand.



20. Roundtable with Members of Parliamentarians : Improve Budget Allocation and Utilization for Maternal Health - Hotel Le Meridian, New Delhi - 7th February 2017

To discuss the issues for improving Budget allocation and utilization for Maternal health care was jointly organized by IAPPD alongwith The White Ribbon Alliance India (WRAI) (formerly CEDPA India - Centre for Catalyzing Change) on 7th February, 2017 at Le Meridian Hotel, New Delhi.
The Meeting was addressed by Shri Arjun Ram Meghwal, Minister of State for Finance and presided over by Prof. P.J. Kurien, Dy. Chairman, Rajya Sabha, Chairman, IAPPD. Vote of thanks was given by Mrs. Viplove Thakur, vice-chairperson, IAPPD. Shri Manmohan Sharma introduced the members.
The main purpose was current status and issues in fund utilization in MNCH interventions, Public speaking on health and equity in budget and mechanism for members of Parliament to effectively monitor and guide health care services in their constituencies.
It was suggested that State Governments need to priorities health sector spending with fiscal restructuring the flexibility with the States to spend funds has increase in the proportion of united fund. There is urgent need to enhance accessibility and affordability of health care to marginalized sections such as detailed advances.
A total number of 28 members consisting of 21 members of Parliament attended the meeting. The members was designed exclusively for members of Parliament, representing various States as well as MPs who are on Standing Committee for health and those who stay actively involved and engaged with maternal health issues.



21. One - Day Sensitization Workshop on Involvement of Elected Representatives on Population and Development Issues with Special Emphasis on Family Planning, Reproductive and Sexual Health and Child Health, Women Empowerment - 15th February, 2017 - Hathin, Palwal (Haryana)

The One Day Workshop of PRI's was organized by the IAPPD with the support from District Administration, Hathin, Palwal, Government of Haryana with the objective to sensitization of PRI's on population stabilization and health related issues with Special emphasis on Family Planning , Women Empowered, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights and Child Health.
The Workshop was inaugurated and presided over by Shri Ashok Kumar Sharma, IAS, Dy. Commissioner, Palwal District, Haryana. Shri Satinder Siwach, Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM) Hathin, Dr. Riya Sharma and Dr. Janaki also addressed the gathering.
About 200 PRIs from different Village Panchayat, Nagar Nigam, Zilla Panchayat attended the Workshop.



22. One - Day Sensitization Workshop on Involvement of Elected Representatives on Population and Development Issues with Special Emphasis on Family Planning, Reproductive and Sexual Health and Child Health, Women Empowerment - 18th February, 2017 - Ghumarwin (Himachal Pradesh)

The One Day Workshop of PRI's was organized by the IAPPD with the support from Government of Himachal Pradesh with the objective to sensitization of PRI's on population stabilization and health related issues with Special emphasis on Family Planning , Women Empowered, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights and Child Health.
The Workshop was inaugurated by Shri Thakur Kaul Singh, Hon'ble Health Minister of Government of Himachal Pradesh. Presidential address was given by Smt. Viplove Thakur, MP and Vice-chairperson , IAPPD.
More than 300 PRIs from different Village Panchayat, Nagar Nigam, Zilla Panchayat attended the Workshop.



23. India TB Caucus : Parliamentarians meet towards a TB Free India - 8th March, 2017 - New Delhi
The meeting was organized by IAPPD in collaboration with the International Union against TB and Lung Disease (The Union). The focus of the meeting was to Sensitize Parliamentarians on the situation of TB in India and to seek their commitment to the formation of on India TB Caucus, which would catalyze a truly robust and sustainable political response to this global disease.



24. One - Day Sensitization Workshop of PRI's on Eradication of TB/Drugs - 26th March, 2017 - Nurpur, Kangra District (Himachal Pradesh)
Indian Association of Parliamentarians on Population and Development IIAPPD), International Union against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union) and Government of Himachal Pradesh jointly organized a PRIs meet to sensitize them and discuss the TB situation in Himachal Pradesh especially in District Kangra.
The programme to eliminate TB in India has now got big boost under the leadership of Hon'ble Union Health & Health Family Welfare Minister Mr. J.P. Nadda and with the participation of industrialists like Mr. Rattan Tata and Bollywood Star Mr. Amitabh Bachchan.
Hon'ble Health Minister, Government of Himachal Pradesh, inaugurated the Workshop and presided over by Smt. Viplove Thakur, MP and Vice-chairperson, IAPPD.
A large numbers more than 300 PRIs including Civil Society Members attended the meeting.



25. One - Day Sensitization Workshop on Involvement of Elected Representatives on Population and Development Issues with Special Emphasis on Family Planning, Reproductive and Sexual Health and Child Health, Women Empowerment - 1st April, 2017 - Udaipur (Rajasthan)
The one Day Workshop of PRI's was organized by the IAPPD and Government of Rajasthan with the objective to sensitization of PRI's on population stabilization and health related issues with Special emphasis on Family Planning , Women Empowered, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights and Child Health.
The Workshop was inaugurated by Shri Arjun Lal Meena, Member of Parliament, Udaipur, Rajasthan. A large number of more than 225, PRIs from Zila Parshad, Block Samiti and Gram Panchayat and health related workers attended the meeting.



26. Quality, Equity and Dignity for Improved Maternal Health
On eve of National Safe Motherhood Day on 11th April, 2017 a meeting with Parliamentarians was jointly organized by IAPPD and the White Ribbon Alliance (WRAI) on 10th April, 2017 at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi.
The purpose of this meeting was sharing of collective voices for Quality, Equity and Dignity of one lakh women under Hamara Swasthya, Hamari Awaz initiated the campaign by White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood India (WRAI)
The meeting was address by Chief Guests Hon'ble Shri J.P. Nadda, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare welcome remarks were given by Dr. Aparajita Gogoi, National Coordinator for Safe Motherhood India (WRAI) and Shri Manmohan Sharma, Executive Secretary. IAPPD. The meeting was presided over by Smt. Viplove Thakur, MP, Vice chair IAPPD. A large numbers more than 200 which includes Members of Parliament and Civil Society attended the meeting.



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