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Project for Developing a Digital Repository for Family Planning

  • Adti Gupta
  • Agency : Family Planning, Digital Repository, Child Health
  • Objective : The objectives were creating a national repository for family planning, component of the health system which will be an inherent part of national health information system and thus enabling an effective performance of family planning services and researches at all levels. To efficiently address the challenges posed by abundant family planning related data created, scattered and accumulated at national state and peripheral level. To efficiently address the challenges posed by technological inventions in information transmission of health systems. Increasing the demand for easy access to the documents and data related to family planning in a 24x7 basis from any part of globe. Providing the database for national health system, to make informed decision in its family planning programs, services, and researches. To exhibit the nationís progress and outcomes in the family planning domain for the international community and development partners. Creating a greater visibility and clarity about family planning at village, block, district, state and national level. Providing the most possible easy access to family planning related knowledge and preservation of information for long time.
  • Background : Being the first nation to implement the family planning programs right from 1950ís India has a long history in this sector than any other country. Inspite of all its efforts to control the population it is still much away from reaching the targeted TFR of 2.1 by 2015. Recently under NRHM the union government has decided to reposition its family planning program to address these concerns. For effectively carrying out the governmentís mission this requires lot of pre conditions. Availability of universal updated information about family planning to make evidence based decisions and interventions are one of them. The information base for making evidence based policy and strategic decisions are still unavailable even at national level.
  • Methodology : For developing the digital repository, the secondary data analysis for child health was done for making an information portal on family planning. The data was extracted from Google analytics and the analysis was done for monthly and quarterly available data.
  • Findings : Overall finding show that the number of visitor to the repository has increased by 133% from quarter 1 to quarter 2 and 300% from quarter 2 to quarter 3 in the past 1 year. The bounce rate which was below 50% shows that the repository was visited with an intention. Number of cities in India accessing the website was 81. Average pages per visit in India are 6.20. On the whole the analysis indicates the increasing popularity and utilization of this repository among the stakeholders which gives a rational to extend the scope of information management to other disciplines like family planning.
  • Recommendations : But the analysis shows that the national and international institutions donot have the preliminary information base in this regard. Even the available documents are not managed properly and updated. So a need for a National repository for family planning component of health system is justified much.
The objectives were creating a national repository for family planning, component of the health system which will be an inherent part of national health information system