India Toolkit: Advocacy
Supporting an Enabling Environment to Meet the Family Planning Needs of the Urban Poor
In many countries including India, migration to urban areas is known as one of the best adaptive strategies of the rural community to get diverse options of livelihood and thus, this phenomena cannot be stopped. However, ironically, urban areas are not prepared enough to accommodate this increasing population.
Existing infrastructure, deployed resources and available services are old and not sufficient to cater to the needs of this ever-growing population. This includes health infrastructure, which needs serious attention so that it is revamped to meet the needs especially of the urban poor. The following evidence-based advocacy approaches have been employed in India to help address these needs by ensuring that city and state officials are well-aware of their urban poor and most vulnerable populations and can, therefore, plan for resources and infrastructure accordingly to meet the growing family planning needs of the urban poor and most vulnerable populations.