The Wider Image: How India's birth control battle falters in rural district
Block Community Mobilizer (BCM) Pratima Kumari, 38, Masera Khatun, 37, who is pregnant with her sixth child, ASHA (Accredited Social Health Activist) facilitator Shilly Kumari, 34, and Aliyara Khatun, 35, who is also an ASHA worker, talk about family planning and the different contraceptive methods available, outside Masera's house in Duadangi village, Bahadurganj subdivision of Kishanganj district, Bihar, India, March 21, 2023. Kumari, a government health worker, offers condoms and birth control pills for free in the Kishanganj district and talks to the couples about birth control and the benefits of having just two children in Kishanganj, which has the highest fertility rate of any district in India, soon to be the world's most populous nation. "The minute I tell couples to use condoms or suggest permanent birth control, they ignore it or just change the topic," Kumari told Reuters. REUTERS/Anushree Fadnavis SEARCH "FADNAVIS POPULATION" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.