TARUNYA—Adolescent Health and Development
Guttmacher Institute estimates that 2 million adolescent women across India have an unmet need for modern contraception. India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s adolescent health program called Rashtriya Kishor Swasthya Karyakram (RKSK), targets adolescents aged 10 to 19. The RKSK program represents a shift from facility-based, curative clinical service delivery to a more holistic approach that emphasizes community-based health promotion and preventive care. The community outreach program includes several components, including peer education, adolescent health days, adolescent-friendly health clinics, and adolescent-friendly clubs.
EngenderHealth works with governments and local civil society organizations (CSOs) to coordinate adolescent SRHR initiatives. This includes helping governments and CSOs improve the spaces where adolescents can access SRHR information and services and supporting CSOs in increasing awareness among adolescents, parents, and other influential community members. We are documenting and sharing our experiences supporting government and CSO partnerships for adaptation and replication.
The TARUNYA program began working in 12 districts in Jharkhand and later expanded to all 24 districts of the state and initiated programming in three districts of Bihar. In our most recent phase of programming, from 2017 to 2020, TARUNYA helped strengthen 18 adolescent-friendly health clinics, organized 909 adolescent health days, and established 899 community youth groups. As a result of these efforts, 109,388 adolescents and youth received SRHR information and/or services from program-supported facilities and providers.