Nadda launches indigenous female condom

Nadda launches indigenous female condom

Submitted by alvin on Thu, 2016-04-07 10:16 New Delhi: Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare J P Nadda has formally launched first indigenously developed natural latex-based female condom.The launch of the female condom seeks to expand the basket of contraceptive choices and reduce unwanted pregnancies, while providing quality healthcare products at affordable cost.Manufactured by HLL Lifecare Ltd (HLL) under the brand name 'Velvet', the contraceptive was launched yesterday at the two-day National Family Planning Summit, which concluded here today. The conclave had "New Choices, New Horizons" as its theme."The female condom provides complete protection and gives women more control over safe sex. It is all about empowering women. It is the only woman-initiated method of contraception that serves a dual protection - prevention of pregnancy and of HIV/AIDS," Nadda said."It has the potential to become a game-changer for women through control over their reproductive freedom. It will also go a long way in meeting the unmet contraceptive needs and thus check the burgeoning population of the country," he added.A unique aspect of this year's event was the "Family Planning Marketplace", which was intended to showcase best practices and innovations in family planning and exhibit the pool of contraceptive options and key programme interventions.HLL's female condom 'Velvet' recently obtained the World Health Organisation's (WHO) pre-qualification, making it eligible for institutional procurement under donor-funded programmes. Female condoms prevent both pregnancies and infections and give women more control over protection during sex. The product has a shelf life of five years. It is similar to the male condom in both efficacy and reliability.The new latex version of female condom is designed and developed totally in-house by the scientists of HLL's R