The project, Young People’s Health and Development: A Sexual and Reproductive Health Centred Action Approach (2003-2008), primarily aims at creating an enabling environment for improved sexual health of young people (10-24 years) especially of poorer section by promoting gender equity and their rights.
The key issues include 1)retention in schools, 2)early marriage and early pregnancy,
3)youth and HIV/AIDS, 4)sex ratio, 5)sexuality education and 6)youth friendly services.
Cross cutting issues including sexuality, gender, poverty and rights addressed through the interventions. The stakeholders are comprised of young people who are in and out of school, married and unmarried, in poverty context; communities including parents, other gatekeepers, and Panchyati Raj Institutions; service providers including medical and frontline workers, educationists, parliamentarians, political leaders and policy makers; technocrats such as demographers and social scientists; institutes that encompass Human rights based and social science;
Six key strategies have been developed to achieve the project objectives –
these are Networking, Advocacy, Informatics, Research & Documentation, Pilot Interventions and Global Partnerships.
Networking involves consolidation of the network (SRIJAN) of at least 135 NGOs in 7 states along with enabled youth forum to integrate sexual reproductive health and rights in state institutions and policies.
The Advocacy strategy includes creating a policy environment for young people that reflects and supports reproductive and sexual health and rights.
Informatics further allows the establishment of a resource and training base at national and state level to capacitate young people and identified stakeholders.
Under research and documentation strategy, a Database of key sexual & reproductive health issues is supported while undertaking primary research and support systematic documentation to feed into project initiatives.
While Pilot Interventions successfully develop and implement a model for future replicability and up-scaling, Global Partnerships in Development brings in international experiences to the project through collaboration with key institutions in the ‘gap areas’.