YHP INDIA


Location

Five resettlement communities in North West Delhi - Bawana, Jahangirpuri, Sultanpuri, Kirari Suleman Nagar and Holambi villages.


Timing

Phases I & II 2010 – 2015; Phase III 2016 – 2020


The context

The resettlement communities were identified by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare of the Indian Government as a high priority area - with high levels of poverty and poor sanitation. Adolescents in the area tend to end schooling early, and education tends to favour male children.


We are working with marginalised and disadvantaged adolescents aged 10-24.




Our objectives

Build the knowledge and capacity of young people to limit risk behaviours, enabling them to protect and promote their long-term health.

Raise awareness and mobilise communities to create a safe and supportive environment that facilitates healthy behaviour.

Improve access to, and the quality of, youth-friendly health services.

Strengthen the implementation of policies and laws that support the prevention of risk behaviours among young people.

 

Our focus

Non-communicable disease prevention including tobacco use and alcohol abuse, substance abuse, anaemia in girls, unwanted pregnancy, illegal and unsafe abortion and sexually transmitted infections.

In response to local needs, our work also addresses communicable diseases such as TB and Malaria, and is underpinned by teaching basic hygiene, sanitation and nutrition.

 

Our programme

We trained adolescents to become Peer Educators, who engaged and informed their peers on health issues. We also provided refresher training.

We supported the development of Health Information Centres (HICs), which could effectively deliver a range of activities to engage adolescents on key health issues.

We arranged themed camps and fairs addressing specific adolescent health issues, and trained teachers and health providers in sexual and reproductive health clinics in how to offer ‘adolescent-friendly’ services.

We gained the support of community groups and stakeholders (legislators, community leaders, police) for adolescent health initiatives to help make the initiatives sustainable.

We advocated for a policy environment and legal framework which reinforced laws and regulations to reduce risk behaviours.

 




Our achievements

90 Community Stakeholder Groups were established to map out advocacy issues, develop action plans and implement the activities in their communities.

We helped to establish 15 HICs across the five communities - these served as spaces for young people to come together and focus on health-related issues. 1,551 adolescent HIC users accessed Government health facilities for issues such as TB, dengue, malaria and sexual reproductive health (SRH), instead of remaining unsupported, or resorting to unqualified doctors known as ‘quacks’.

440 teachers have been briefed on YHP topics, and provided with child-friendly manuals. We have supported other school-based activities including the establishment of water and sanitation committees in 18 schools to improve sanitary practices and facilities.


2,200 Peer Educators have been trained and supported via the HICs to carry out awareness raising activities among their peers and communities.

To date (phases I, II and III) 255,397 young people have been reached directly by YHP, and 140,337 wider community members, including health professionals, educators and policy makers, have received messages about adolescent health.

2,655 community meetings have been held, increasing overall awareness of health messages within their families and communities.

884 health professionals have been trained on key YHP thematic areas. These include Anganwadi workers (family health), ASHA workers (community health) and ANMs (Auxiliary Nurse Midwives).

91 young people have been trained in advocacy and leadership, and two YHP programme managers were awarded scholarships to participate in the One Young World Summit in Bogota in 2017.

Peer Educators have worked with the national Rashtriya Kishor Swasthya Karyakram (RKSK) programme to improve adolescent health and progress.

 







Our partners

Plan India advances children’s rights and equality for girls.

Nav Srishti works at local level to solve local problems with the active involvement of women, local communities and youth, adolescents and children and by collaborating with State and National level civil society organisations working to similar objectives.

The Dr. A.V. Baliga Memorial Trust has focused on livelihood promotion, child rights and protection, education, health, and addressing the issues for the empowerment of youth and women for over four decades in slums and resettlement colonies of National Capital Territory of Delhi.