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Leveraging demographic dividend for Viksit Bharat

By focusing on investments in young people, and addressing variations in socioeconomic conditions, India can achieve sustainable growth and development

India’s demographic dividend, characterised by India’s 370-million-strong young population (aged 10 to 24), presents a golden opportunity(Mourya/ Hindustan Times)
Published on Feb 13, 2024 10:03 PM IST

Pave the path to safe and accessible abortions for all

Legal changes are necessary, but they are not entirely sufficient. We simultaneously need to improve the capacity of service providers and ensure better quality of care so that abortion services are accessible to the most disadvantaged

The judgment strikes the right notes, but we must acknowledge that to make abortion accessible, we need to do much more. (Shutterstock)
Published on Oct 01, 2022 03:28 PM IST

The full picture of India’s population growth story

The theory of India’s so-called population explosion is not supported by data and evidence.

Adequate measures must be taken to capitalise on our large young population through investments in education, health, and creating economic opportunities. 
Published on Jul 15, 2022 09:08 PM IST

Gender equality must be central to Covid-19 recovery plans

While recognising that women’s and girl’s empowerment is a moral imperative, investing in academic, vocation, and life skills for girls and young women represents one of the most significant opportunities for sustainable and inclusive development

Representational image. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on Jun 28, 2021 02:14 PM IST
ByPoonam Muttreja and Safeena Hussain

ICPD @ 25: India must prioritise reproductive rights

ICPD would be a tough act to follow but when we reconvene at ICPD+25, I hope it will give us renewed fervour, energy and thought leadership to work towards the unfinished agenda

Social factors, such as age at marriage, age at first birth, education of girls for maternal and infant well-being, and promoting a basket of contraceptive choices find prominence in the policy(Shutterstock)
Updated on Nov 11, 2019 02:06 PM IST
ByPoonam Muttreja

Better budgetary allocation for family planning can help India meet global sustainability goals

Despite evidence that family planning is a critical area from the perspective of reducing maternal and infant mortality, allocations have been skewed and largely insufficient

Women who’ve undergone sterilisation surgeries. In 2016-17, almost 81% of the Family Planning budget was spent on compensation to beneficiaries, and incentives to frontline workers and health care providers of terminal methods of family planning.(REUTERS)
Updated on Jan 30, 2018 05:29 PM IST
ByPoonam Muttreja

Violence against women is not a sign of manhood

As we approach five years since the Delhi gang rape, women and girls in the country continue to be physically, sexually and psychologically abused.

People protest at Jantar Mantar. The horrific rape of Jyoti Singh in the winter of 2012 was a moment that spurred us out of our indifference(HT File Photo)
Updated on Nov 19, 2017 07:29 PM IST
ByFarhan Akhtar and Poonam Muttreja

Family planning: A tangible tool to empower people and enable development

World Population Day: Districts with higher modern contraceptive prevalence rate witness a significant reduction in child marriage, adolescent pregnancies and violence

A group of women at a public health centre in Vadodra, Gujarat. Educated women conscious of family planning are, therefore, the fulcrum of an empowered society.(Hindustan Times)
Updated on Jul 11, 2017 04:19 PM IST
ByPoonam Muttreja and Niranjan Saggurti

Family planning: A healthy intervention by the Supreme Court

When it comes to family planning, it is necessary for India to move away from sterilisation, focus on spacing methods of contraception, and expand the choices of family planning options for women

Women who underwent botched sterilisation surgeries at a government mass sterilisation 'camp' receive treatment at a district hospital in Bilaspur, Chhattisgarh(REUTERS)
Updated on Sep 24, 2016 10:02 PM IST
ByPoonam Muttreja

Family planning: A cost effective-development tool

Low spending on family planning results in high maternal and infant mortality rates and affects the economy adversely, writes Poonam Muttreja.

Too early, too quick and too many pregnancies take a toll on women and girls, especially when the quality of care is inadequate.(AFP Photo)
Published on Feb 25, 2016 09:50 AM IST
ByPoonam Muttreja

Contraceptive choices for women will address population problems

With improvements in healthcare services and widening access to contraceptives, population issues can be solved.

Access to family planning can reduce infant mortality by 10% and childhood mortality by 21%. Family planning is therefore a key intervention to prevent maternal, infant and childhood mortality. (Reuters Photo)
Updated on Jul 10, 2017 03:49 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByPoonam Muttreja

Saving our mothers

Maternal health, reproductive health and family planning must be integrated into one plan that recognises woman’s health as a basic right, writes Poonam Muttreja.

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Updated on May 22, 2013 12:18 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByPoonam Muttreja

It’s hardly a sound plan

The chapter on health in the 12th Five-Year Plan must be revised. Poonam Muttreja writes.

Updated on Aug 20, 2012 10:34 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByPoonam Muttreja
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