Published On: Thu, Oct 3rd, 2019

“It’s time to break the silence and start conversations on contraception” says Dr. Hema Divakar Chairperson and CEO, ARTIST

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Bengaluru: Girls and women are aware that there are many forms of contraception available today – most of the information is sourced through internet and social media and television advertisements.

It is important that options should be discussed with a healthcare provider and make a safe decision that’s right for them, especially if they have pre existing medical condition. It is equally important for the doctors and health care providers to proactively address this need in girls and women who are sexually active.

Both during their in person visits and through digital platforms authentic information and helplines should be provided, maintaining confidentiality.

The goal is to allow women to make informed choices about their reproductive health, in the hope that every pregnancy is intentional.

Baby by choice and not by chance!

If contraceptive needs were met, 15 million abortions per year would have been avoided in India.

In our country 13 women die in every day due to unsafe abortions and we pledge that these needless deaths have to be prevented.

Speaking on the World Contraception Day takes place on September 26th every year, Chairperson and CEO of ARTIST Dr. Hema Divakar believes that there is a great need to address misinformation that is prevalent in the general population “both in terms of sexual and reproductive health, and also where abortion is permitted by the law, and how it can be performed safely.” She added “We are motivated by the possibility of having an impact towards reducing maternal deaths in India by wider use of contraception and spacing of pregnancy.”

She is actively working towards accomplishing ‘Vision 2022’ – a women’s healthcare initiative she unveiled as the FOGSI President in the year 2013-14 aimed at the overall well-being of women folk, including improving the availability of affordable quality healthcare services for the welfare of women, breaking social stigma and other societal perceptions, some of which are now state policies already.

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