Trivandrum: Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Shri J P Nadda formally launched India’s indigenously developed natural latex-based female condom, seeking to expand the basket of contraceptive choices, reduce unwanted pregnancies and provide quality healthcare products at affordable cost.
Manufactured by HLL Lifecare Ltd. (HLL) under the brand name ‘Velvet’, the contraceptive was launched in Delhi at the two-day National Family Planning Summit, which concluded yesterday.
“The female condom 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,” the Minister 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.”
HLL’s female condom VEVLET 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&D Centre at Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala).
“The objective of HLL’s R&D center is to provide men and women the best and affordable reproductive health solutions. Enabling women to make decisions about when to have children will not only reduce unplanned pregnancies but also lead to healthier families and communities,” said Dr. M Ayyappan, CMD, HLL.
Velvet was pre-qualified by the WHO and the UNFPA (United Nations Population Fund) in March this year and HLL is among the four pre-qualified suppliers of female condoms across the globe.
Velvet has been developed and produced by HLL in a world class manufacturing facility with a capacity of 25 million pieces per year. The facility has certifications such as ISO 9001, ISO 13485, ISO 14001 and ISO 18001.
HLL introduced the first generation female condoms made of polyurethane in India in 2006 under the brand name Confidom.
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