Free injectable contraceptives in India.

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India will launch an injectable contraceptive that will cost one dollar and prevent conception for three months as a part of its family planning programme expected to be announced in April.

Melinda, co-chair of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation said that Government of India is thinking about famaily planning and they are efficiently working on improving it and they understand that it needs to be voluntary and they are offering choices and options to women. Sterilisation is the only option available for women till now so many women give birth to their children without having a proper gap of three months, which is quite dangerous for both mother and the baby.That is why India took the decision of providing injectable contraceptives.

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India is the biggest receiver of the Gates foundation grants worldwide, which is the world’s biggest charity with a net worth of more than US$ 44 billion.This charity focuses on ending inequities in gender,health,education and wealth.

Contraceptive use is rising in India but it is rising at a very slow pace. Contraceptive use among married women aged between 15 to 49 years was 56.3% in 2005-06(an increase of 8.1% from 1998-99), shown by India’s National Family Health Survey data.

The foundation is committed to promote the use of vaccines to prevent diseases and deaths. WHO report revealed that vaccination prevents 2.5 million deaths each year.India will also launch rotavirus vaccine to prevent diarrhoea in March. More than six lakh children die in India every year due to diarrhoea and pneumonia. That is why government is actively investing on rotavirus vaccines.

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The rotavirus vaccine is manufactured by India’s Bharat Biotech which will cost 1 dollar as a part of government immunisation programme.

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