FPAI observes 69th foundation day

Correspondent KOHIMA , JUL 23 (NPN) | Publish Date: 7/24/2018 12:35:28 AM IST
With the rest of the country, Family Planning Association of India (FPAI) Nagaland branch observed its 69th foundation day under the theme “The beginning: FPAI branch” held at RHFPC satellite centre opposite NSF Martyrs park on Monday evening.
President FPA India, Nagaland Branch Kohima, James Liezietsu, in his presidential address said in that 1947 when India became independent, fertility was high with couples averaging six children where Public health facilities were minimal and life expectancy was just 40 years. He said that with a burgeoning 344 million population, with too many children too soon detrimental to women’s health, it was a group of concerned women who addressed this issue and established the Family Planning Association of India in 1949. Since then, each decade has been marked by FPA India’s pioneering growth and work, he stated.
According to Liezietsu, the PFAI’s missions were to advocate for gender equality and empowerment for all including the poor and vulnerable people, ensure information, education, and services. He added that the association’s vision was for all people to be empowered to enjoy their sexual and reproductive health choices and rights in India, free from stigma and discrimination.
He stated that FPA India is associating with Australian Aid, Engineers India Limited, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, European Union, Bharat Cement and Government of India besides a host of other funding partners with more than 23 different projects implemented across India. The Nagaland branch is associating with different allied government departments of Nagaland in sponsoring the programs and activities. 
General Manager FPA India, Nagaland Branch Kohima Vincent Belho in his speech on milestones of the FPAI said the activism of some committed women in the early Independence era evolved into Family Planning Association of India in 1949. 
He stated that FPA India, Nagaland Branch today runs a Clinic called Reproductive Health & Family Planning Clinic (RHFPC) at Daklane in the main town of Kohima city besides a Satellite Centre here at NSF Martyrs Park. 
 Belho highlighted the wide variety of facilities available at their Daklane Kohima office and satellite centre like Universal Immunization - BCG, DPT, Measles, OPV, TT, Hepatitis B, Counseling – Family planning, HIV, MTP and other Specialized Counseling.
The program was chaired by Viketouzou Victor program officer FPA India Nagaland branch. A welcome address delivered by Sentilemla Longkumer M&E officer FPA India Nagaland branch while the vote of thanks proposed by Ville Rhetso counsellor PFA India Nagaland branch.
The program was attended by staff of Nagaland branch, partners NGOs, volunteers, members of the public and others.

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