ARC - Advocating Reproductive Choices

The Core Group of Advocating Reproductive Choices (ARC) consists of members who have experience in policy advocacy or health work with a strong focus on contraception and maternal health. The members of the Core Committee at the national level are recommended and approved by the General Body of ARC.

The tenure of the Core Group is for two years and on rotation. After having completed the fixed period, the existing Core Committee recommends the new Core Group in consultation with the General members. The Core Group may be expanded in the interest of the ARC, if needed.

Role of Core Committee

The Core Committee is mainly responsible for ARC’s programmes at the national level. It suggests a variety of well-defined activities, keeping in view current issues relevant to the coalition. In addition, the Core Group:

  • Shares information regarding the thrust areas and suggests measures to fill the gaps, if any
  • Looks into the needs of other members and fits in the skills of ARC representatives
  • Reviews the advocacy plans of ARC State Chapters and accords approval prior to initiating advocacy efforts

The Core Group of ARC meets once in two months, though the ARC Secretariat may also convene a meeting in an emergency situation to seek the opinion of ARC members on critical issues requiring immediate action.

Core Committee Members

Abt AssociatesJananiIndian Association of Parliamentarians on Population and Development (IAPPD)Federation of Obstetric and Gynaecological Societies of India (FOGSI)Family Planning association of IndiaPopulation Health Services (India) (PHSI)Parivar Seva Sanstha (PSS)Population Services International

Abt Associates

New Delhi

Abt Associates is a mission-driven leader in research and programme implementation in the fields of health, social and environmental policy, and international development. Known for its rigorous approach to solving complex challenges, it is ranked as one of the top 20 global research firms and one of the top 40 international development innovators. Headquartered in the US, the company has programme offices in more than 40 countries.

Abt Associates brings valued insights to the worldwide policy stage. Sought after for its knowledge and expertise, the organization published in more than 36 journals in 2015 and has been invited to present at major policy conferences in various countries.

Abt Associates, with over a decade of presence in India, understands well the various health issues facing the country in the context of both rural and urban settings. Its health expertise includes a range of public health priorities, such as reproductive health, child health, tuberculosis, and non-communicable diseases. Its work portfolio in India encompasses private sector engagement models, social franchise networks, strengthening of health systems and research.

The inclusion of DMPA, (Depot MedroxyProgesterone Acetate), an injectable contraceptive in India’s National Family Planning programmeby the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare is an example of Abt’s advocacy work in collaboration with organizations such as ARC (Advocating Reproductive Choices (ARC) Coalition) and FOGSI (Federation of Obstetric and Gynaecological Societies of India).

Area of operations of Abt Associates:
Non-Communicable Diseases Rajasthan and Himachal Pradesh
Reproductive Health and Family Planning Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Haryana
Child Health Bihar
Health Systems Strengthening Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand

Contact Details

Dr. Ravi Anand
Director -Technical and Operations
Abt Associates
Address:A-10, Second Floor, Green Park, New Delhi-110016



Janani is a non- profit organization that provides family planning services in the states of Bihar, Jharkhand, Up and MP. The organization is also affiliated to DKT- International, a non-profit organization based in Washington DC. They also offer comprehensive abortion services in the project states. Janani delivers through the Surya Clinics which are located in all of its project states. There are 17 clinics in Bihar, 6 clinics in Jharkhand, 6 clinics in UP and 1 clinic at MP. All the clinics are equipped to handle services aimed at Family Planning. They have also expanded to the private sector by forging partnerships with private hospitals.

Particularly in Bihar, the organization aggressively markets various contraceptives under the aegis of Contraceptive Social Marketing Program (CSMP). They also compliment the efforts of the State Government to equip and provide family planning services at the various primary health clinics(PHC) in the state. The main aim of the organization is to increase the contraceptive coverage.

Contact Details

Justin M.Thompson
Country Director
5th Floor, Dr. Zakir Hussain Institute, Old By-pass Road, Kumharar
Patna – 800026 (India)
Phone : (+91 612) 2340315
Email :

Indian Association of Parliamentarians on Population and Development (IAPPD)

New Delhi

Indian Association of Parliamentarians on Population and Development (IAPPD)  a well-known national/international  promotional organization for the people’s elected representatives from Panchayat to Parliament irrespective of their party affiliations, is working actively in the field of population stabilization programmes for the last more than 35 years in cooperation with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare/UNFPA. We are also involving the parliamentarians in the international level programme of the United Nations and its agencies on different issues. A large group of MPs from different political parties are actively working with us on the social issues concerning our society/nation.  During these years, it has gone much ahead in motivating the elected representatives regarding alarming increase in population and consequent problems facing India.  IAPPD has also been instrumental in convincing the Indian States to give advice to their eligible couples to adopt small family through practices of contraceptives.  Over the years IAPPD has grown into a vibrant institution-providing forum for the involvement of Parliamentarians/ legislature/PRI elected people and local civic bodies in the social issues.  In order to sustain their interest in the population and development activities, the IAPPD from time to time organizes orientations, workshops, seminars, meetings, study tours and conferences in India and outside India. Some of the national conferences/meetings have been  inaugurated/addressed by the Hon’ble Presidents, Vice-Presidents, Prime Ministers, Speakers of Lok Sabha, Health Ministers and other Ministers of India from time to time and meetings of  international level by Prime Minister of Japan, President of Indonesia, China, Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Philippines, Malaysia etc

Contact Details:

Mr Manmohan Sharma
Executive Secretary
1/6 Siri Institutional Area, Khel Gaon Road,
New Delhi – 110049
Phone: 011- 41656668, 41656676, 41656661

Federation of Obstetric and Gynaecological Societies of India (FOGSI)


The Federation of Obstetric and Gynaecological Societies of India (FOGSI) is the professional organization representing practitioners of obstetrics and gynecology in India with 237 member societies and more than 31,000 individuals.

FOGSI came into formal existence in Madras on January 6, 1950 at the sixth All India Congress of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, when the obstetric and gynecological societies of Ahmedabad, Bengal, Bombay, Madras and Punjab resolved to form themselves into the Federation of Obstetric and Gynaecological Societies of India.

FOGSI exists to encourage and disseminate knowledge, education and research in the field of obstetrics and gynecology, to pilot and promote preventive and therapeutic services related to the practice of obstetrics and gynecology for betterment of the health of women and children in particular and the wellbeing of the community in general, to advocate the cause of reproductive health and rights and to support and protect the interest of practitioners of obstetrics and gynecology in India.

The Indian College of Obstetrics and Gynecology is the academic wing of FOGSI with over 1239 fellows.

The Federation continues to hold the All India Congress of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, its annual conference every year in January for four days. FOGSI also organizes Yuva FOGSI, four regional youth conferences to promote and showcase young talent each year. Besides these annual conferences many academic activities go on round the year throughout the country with twenty seven subspecialty committees simultaneously working in their designated areas.

The Federation also collaborates with and partners the Government of India and is an invited representative on all relevant policy making bodies of the government on issues related to women’s health.

FOGSI has close links and affiliation with international and regional organizations like FIGO, AOFOG and SAFOG, with many of its members having occupied prestigious positions in these organizations from time to time.

Contact Details:

Dr. Hrishikesh D Pai, Secretary General
Dr Yashodhara Pradeep,  Chairperson, Family Welfare Committee
Trade World, C-5,6,7,9,12,13,
D-Wing Entrance, 1st Floor, Kamala
City,   Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel (W),
Mumbai – 400 013.
Telephone Nos.: 022-24951648 /24951654 / 24918032

Family Planning association of India


FPA India strengthens a voluntary commitment to advocate for SRH and Rights and, choices. It promotes access to SRH information and services related to family planning, safe abortions, HIV/AIDS and sexuality to poor, marginalised and vulnerable populations including young people.

FPA India has a presence in 17 states of India and one Union Territory. It is estimated that FPA India covers around 10 percent of the district population and contributes to the district level fertility reduction.

Sexual and reproductive health services are provided directly through a structure of 42 Branches/Projects, FPA India managed 39 static clinics, 23 Urban Welfare Centres (funded by the Government of India), 78 outreach units and 148 Adolescent/Youth Friendly Centres/Clinics. Additionally, supported by 2,698 CBDs, 563 private practitioners and 196 other agencies at the community level, which are identified and trained by FPA India. Over 3,000 policy level volunteers and 1,000 FPA India staff received support from community members (5000 local volunteer groups including Self Help Groups with a total membership of 81,861 persons, 4,452 Peer Educators and 761 NGOs).

FPA India provided 4,081,483 services to a total of over 1,000,000 clients which included 264,983 children, 77,910 adolescents (10-19 years) and 240,235 clients between 20-24 years of age. Five-year trends indicates nearly a three-fold increase in the provision of services. This was mainly achieved by adopting a holistic approach in programme implementation from capacity building programmes which included horning in technical skills as well as management, developing strong partnerships with governmental as well as non-governmental organisations, and provision of quality services at all its service delivery points making it as easily accessible to a wider and more needy sections of men and women, including PLHIV, IDUs, MSM and sex workers.

Contact us:

Dr. Kalpana Apte
Secretary General
FPA India,
Bajaj Bhavan,
Nariman Point,
Mumbai 400 021.
Tel: (91) – 22 – 4086 3101 / 2202 9080 / 22025174
Fax: (91) – 22 – 4086 3201 / 4086 3202
E-Mail :

Population Health Services (India) (PHSI)


Population Health Services (India), (PHSI), is a not-for-profit company, licensed under Section 25 of the Indian Companies Act,1956. It is also incorporated as a charitable institution with a view to provide services and products in the field of family planning and family welfare to the economically weaker and hard-to-reach sections of the Indian population.

Established in 1999, PHSI specializes in social marketing which entails the promotion and distribution of health products at prices affordable to low-income populations through the existing wholesale and retail infrastructure. Its expertise is in developing technical and informative materials and behaviour-change campaigns.

PHSI started its social marketing program in 1999 in partnership with the Government of India by marketing Nirodh Deluxe and SMO brand of contraceptives in the four southern states of India.

PHSI operates clinics and provides outreach for voluntary contraceptive surgical services in remote and hard-to-reach areas. It also implements mainstreaming and awareness-building strategies.

With operations and a network covering all the states of India, PHSI provides contraceptives services and products through three main channels:

  • Social Marketing Program
  • Outreach Voluntary Surgical Contraceptive Program under NRHM
  • Running of clinics named as Jyothi Reproductive Health Care Centres

Contact Details

Mr. Vivek Malhotra
Chief Executive Officer
Population Health Services (India)
Address: M.C.H No. – 6-3-1090/1/1, Unit No-A.B.C.D, 4th Floor,
Rajbhavan Road, Somajiguda,
Hyderabad -500082.
Phone: 040-30680659

Parivar Seva Sanstha (PSS)

New Delhi

The Parivar Seva Sanstha (PSS) is a national level non-profit organisation registered under the Societies Act. It is based in New Delhi, with regional offices in Jaipur, Bhubaneshwar and Kolkata and clinics in 18 states.The mission of the PSS is to enhance the quality of life of women, men, adolescents and children by addressing challenges related to health, population and development. This is being achieved through research, advocacy and awareness generation, education and training, technical assistance, service delivery and product distribution. It maintains a focus on three thrust areas: Reproductive and sexual health, family planning, and mother and child health.

PSS caters to over 15,00,000 women and men every year with the tagline of Apno Jaisi Dekhbhal.

PSS has 37 years of experience in the development sector and a professionally trained staff comprised of clinicians, social development and management professionals, and experts in finance,  law, and field implementation.

PSS has the following divisions:

  • Clinics Division – Executes clinical services through ParivarSeva Clinics
  • Education & Training Division – Executes programmes in capacity-building, education, training and IEC activities
  • CSMP Division – Social marketing of personal hygiene and family planning products such as condoms, contraceptive pills and sanitary napkins.
  • Management Institute of Population and Development– Conducts programmes related to programmatic research and training, and provides distance-learning educational facilities to needy students.

Contact Details

Ms. Sudha Tewari
Parivar Seva Sanstha
Address: C-374, Defence Colony, New Delhi – 110024
Phone: 011-24330004

Population Services International

New Delhi
Population Services International (PSI) is a leading global health organization, with programmes targeting reproductive health, child survival, tuberculosis, sanitation, HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections, malaria, gender-based violence and non-communicable diseases. Working in partnership with the public sector and harnessing the power of the markets, PSI provides life-saving products, clinical services and communications that empower the world’s most vulnerable populations to lead healthier lives.

In 1988, PSI began a small operation in India which has now grown to over 1,200 staff members across 20 states. Its mission is to empower people to lead healthy lives by addressing priority public health challenges using social marketing, social franchising, behavior change communication and market facilitation techniques.

PSI India has programmes across the country, including Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Delhi, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Bihar, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, Uttarakhand and Chhattisgarh.

Contact Details

Mr Pritpal Marjara
Managing Director
Population Services International
Address: C-445,Chittaranjan Park, New Delhi – 110019
Phone: +91-11-47312200/10