JRD Tata Memorial Award to Chandigarh for providing better health services

Oct 12, 2018 20:24 | Chandigarh
Chandigarh 12th October, 2018: Population Foundation of India (PFI) has selected the Union Territory of Chandigarh as the best performing UT based on an index of 33 indicators having a strong bearing on reproductive health, gender equity, family planning, water, sanitation and hygiene, women’s empowerment, gender-based violence and fertility of the population. 

Sh. Parimal Rai, Advisor to the Administrator, U.T. Chandigarh and Dr. G. Dewan, Director Health Services cum Mission Director, National Health Mission, U.T. Chandigarh received the award at Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Center, New Delhi which has a monetary remuneration of Rs. 10 lakhs. Chandigarh has already achieved the target of total fertility rate which is an important indicator for the population stabilization. 

The decrease in IMR is also one of the important monitorable indicator which could be achieved due to  an effective action plan, delivery of services, upkeep of the facilities and largely by awareness generation of the community. 

The 6th JRD Tata Memorial Awards received by UT Chandigarh have shown proven and sustained efforts in stabilizing population levels. 

PFI addresses population issues within the larger discourse of empowering women and men, so that they are able to take informed decisions related to their fertility, health and well-being. It works with the government, both at the National and State levels and with NGOs in the areas of community action for health, scaling up of successful pilots and social and behavior change communication.

The Foundation supports innovative research and social action to further the cause of population stabilization and provides a forum for pooling of experiences and sharing of professional expertise to strengthen and enlarge the evidence base on the reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health (RMNCH+A) programmes within a women’s empowerment and human rights framework.