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Ashley launches contraceptive plan

Ashley launches contraceptive plan

Actress Ashley Judd has launched an Emergency Contraceptive programme in Jaipur.

New Delhi: After visiting sex workers and slum dwellers in Mumbai to spread awareness about HIV/AIDS, Hollywood actress Ashley Judd has launched an Emergency Contraceptive (EC) programme along with actor

Akshay Kumar, in Jaipur

Speaking after inaugurating the programme on Friday night, Ashley said efforts to curb high maternal mortality rate needed to be intensified.

"All of us have to work together to combat it. Especially the state of Rajasthan has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in India with 670 deaths per

1,00,000 live births,” Ashley said.

"I know Rajasthan has geographical problems, still I hope, with the help of Government of Rajasthan, PSI would be able to promote its emergency contraceptive programmes to cut down the maternal mortality rates," she added.

Ashley is in India on an invitation by Population Services International (PSI), a global initiative that generates funding for grassroot-level programmes.

She is the youth AIDS global ambassador and is a board member of the

organisation.

The EC project primarily aims at spreading the use of emergency contraceptives by providing easy access to such products and services, according to Ashley.

Addressing the women present, Akshay also stressed on the use of contraceptive devices like condoms and said every man should involve his wife in family planning.

first published:March 24, 2007, 15:39 IST