The Urban Health Initiative (UHI) is part of a five-year, four-country initiative supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in India, Kenya, Nigeria and Senegal. UHI India is a consortium of international, national, nongovernmental and community-based organizations working together to improve the health of the urban poor, especially in the state of Uttar Pradesh.
UHI India works in partnership with public and private institutions toward an overall goal of reaching those in need of family planning services. The initiative helps expand choice of family planning methods, providers and service sites — all at affordable prices. For more information on the project objectives and strategies, please visit www.uhi-india.org.
When people are aware of their family planning options, they are empowered to make the best decisions for themselves and for the futures of their families. Engaging and culturally relevant activities help inform people about the benefits of family planning and create demand for contraceptives.
Cost and distances of healthcare services are huge barriers to access. Building the capacity of the government and the private sector to provide quality family planning services for free or affordable costs on fixed days and at service sites close to the slums helps to increase access.
Empowering communities to design and implement family planning initiatives helps increase acceptance of contraceptives, link communities to services and support sustained use. UHI has engaged communities from the start. Using tools and resources provided by UHI, communities have helped shape initiatives and made them their own.