FACT- Fertility Awareness for Community Transformation
Reproductive health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease. Implicit in this are the rights of men and women to be informed about and to have access to safe, effective, affordable and acceptable methods of family planning of their choice, and the right of access to appropriate health-care services that will enable women to go safely through pregnancy and childbirth and provide couples with the best chance of having a healthy infant.
Family planning has the power to save lives, yet more than 200 million women in the developing world who don’t want to be pregnant aren’t using modern contraception. They may lack access to contraceptive options, may face family or community opposition to family planning, or may be concerned about potential or real side effects. Awareness amongst communities on fertility is also a step towards empowering women and entitling them about family planning choice, not as a coercive population control issues but as a development issue, because population growth automatically reduces as societies develop because it brings in education, awareness and medical facilities.
The Fertility Awareness for Community Transformation (FACT) is Centre for Catalyzing Changes’ newest project which works to provide fertility awareness to young married couples, particularly on non-invasive methods such as the Lactational Amenorrhea method (LAM) and Standard Days Method (SDM) in Jharkhand. The FACT project in Jharkhand is a continuation of the project that began in 2005, directly implemented by the Institute of Reproductive Health, Georgetown University.
One of the fundamental pre-requisites of a healthy live is access to information and services. In India, thousands of women continue to lack not only access to contraception but also critical information of their bodies and fertility. The Fertility Awareness Method (FAM); SDM and LAM offer women, opportunity to take control of their bodies, prevent harm and also offer them family planning choices. The program reaches Health care providers in 24 districts of Jharkhand.