IFPS - I Project - Key Achievements
A major strategy of the IFPS Project has been to introduce innovative activities.These innovations have led to some remarkable achievements. Some of the key achievements are summarized below:
SIFPSA has, for the first time, actively involved the private sector - NGOs, milk cooperatives, employers and private practitioners - in family planning in UP. Models for providing family planning services through these networks have been developed, tested and replicated in a cost effective way. SIFPSA has funded a total of 630 projects and supported 275 private sector projects, which have involved about 16,323 community health workers providing reproductive health counselling and services at the door steps of homes in rural areas and urban slums in 33 districts of UP.
Clients now have a choice of family planning services in the districts where SIFPSA works. Spacing methods have been brought on the agenda and their use has doubled during IFPS-I Project. SIFPSA supported NGOs have motivated more than 800,000 spacing clients.
Incremental inputs have been provided to improve the quality of services provided by the public sector in 33 districts. Improving buildings, water supply and availability of electricity at district PPCs, CHCs, block PHCs and village subcentres; provision of equipment and consumables; and training to upgrade skills of providers have made an impact in improving the quality of service delivery .
SIFPSA has kick-started the government sterilization programme after setbacks due to the introduction of the target-free approach and expanded services provided in camps by funding 60,148 integrated RCH camps in 33 districts of UP and 5 districts of Uttranchal. Now since 2007, SIFPSA has developed a monitoring system for RCH camps to ensure quality of services.
Pioneered decentralization of RCH activities by delegating funding and management of the RCH programme to district societies in 33 districts covering a population of approx. 114 million. Objectives and strategies have been decided by a participatory process and are being implemented locally, with technical support from SIFPSA.
Involved Pradhans and religious leaders in community mobilization for RCH activities and, for the first time, established a link between them and Public Health System to increase community involvement.
Promoted demand for family planning services by launching a state-wide multimedia campaign involving improvement of counselling skills of 9,000 grass roots workers; conducted 11,350 folk media performances in villages; aired radio and TV spots to allay fears and remove misconceptions about family planning methods.
Provided ante natal and other reproductive health services to more than 7 lakh women & immunization to over 10 lakh children.

During IFPS phase-I 303 benchmarks valued at US$ 107.574 millions were achieved. This clearly demonstrates the acceleration in the pace of the Project.

A baseline survey called PERFORM was conducted in 1995 by USAID in 28 districts of Uttar Pradesh to establish baseline values of key indicators. The Project has followed a phased approach, beginning with 6 districts, later expanding to 33 districts and now extended to all 38 districts. The methodology has been to try out pilot projects, evaluate the outcomes, develop models, and replicate and upscale the successful elements.

Achievement of Benchmarks