India’s FP Vision 2020 had committed to reaching 4.8 Crore (48 million) additional users by the year 2020. It is expected that the states with the higher unmet need and population will have to contribute more for attaining the FP 2020 goals. As the third most populous state in India, Bihar accounts for 14.9% of the total unmet need identified in the country. Further the commitments also laid focus on the need for greater male participation in family planning practices (India’s Vision 2020). Despite clear commitments and efforts, as per the 2016 National Family Health Survey, the total unmet need for spacing and limiting methods a high 21.2%, with female sterilisation, standing at 20.7% continues to be most-opted modern method of family planning while condom usage is 0.8% and male sterilisation (including non-scalpel vasectomy and traditional vasectomy) is at 0%.
It is against this backdrop that, C3 India, with support from The David and Lucile Packard Foundation in collaboration with Population Action International’s initiative, QUEST: Quality Upheld, Every Service, Every Time, organised a panel discussion to take forward the discourse and dialogue on meeting the FP 2020 goals within a framework of quality and rights on October 21, 2016 in Patna, Bihar.