July 11th is World Population Day. The theme for this year is ‘Family Planning: Empowering People, Developing Nations.‘
This year, the aim of World Population Day is to provide safe, voluntary family planning around the world and help people curb population growth. With the overall world’s population of around 7 billion, India, with a population of 1,342,512,706 ranks second after China which has a population of around 1,388,232,693. If the growth rate continues, it goes without saying that by the year 2020, India might beat China to be the highest populated country in the world. As the Family Planning programme in India is voluntary, it is up to every Indian to choose a family planning method that suits their need and to do their bit in controlling the population. This is because, with increasing population, there will be grave problems with regards to employment, infrastructure, land and renewable natural resources and also inequitable distribution of income.
The Government has come up with few initiatives under the Family Planning Act. These include Mission Parivar Vikas, new contraceptive choices, redesigned contraceptive packaging, new IUCD (intra-uterine contraceptive device), an enhanced compensation scheme for sterilization,
new family planning media campaigns and emphasis on postpartum family planning (PPFP) service. Here are 8 methods of contraception you should know about.