The key issues involved school retention, early marriage and early pregnancy, youth
sex ratio, sexuality
education and
youth friendly services

  About the Project

‘Young People’s Health and Development-A Reproductive And Sexual Health Centered Action Approach’ aimed at creating an enabling environment for improved health and development of young people (10-24 years) with an integrated approach to reproductive and sexual health.

This project was a civil society collaboration between two countries (India and Sweden), jointly implemented by MAMTA Health Institute for Mother and Child and RFSU (Riksförbundet för sexuell upplysning /The Swedish Association for Sexuality Education) with funding support from Swedish Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).

It started in 1999 and evolved through three phases: an exploratory phase in 1999-2002, a full scale implementation phase in 2003-2007 and then testing exit strategies in 2008 through 2009.

The project focused on ‘out of school’ youth, as well as ‘school going’ young people, unmarried and married. Special effort was made to reach out to young people from poor and disadvantaged sections of the society.

The implementation sites were in ten states of India: Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Bihar, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Haryana, Karnataka and Delhi.

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