Five resettlement communities in North West Delhi - Bawana, Jahangirpuri, Sultanpuri, Kirari Suleman Nagar and Holambi villages.
Phases I & II 2010 – 2015; Phase III 2016 – 2020
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"When I was a boy I used to roam the streets with my friends, throwing stones and breaking windows – I wasn’t interested in my studies at all.
I joined the YHP when I was 16 and I did five days of Peer Educator training. That really made me think about how I was wasting my precious time and energy doing negative things and disturbing others. The YHP made me much more confident, I am capable of convincing my peers and my friends of my age to give up bad habits. Now I focus on my studies and the program and do lots of physical activities in the parks.
YHP also revealed the painter inside me. I never knew that I was good art and drawing. I only found this out at the HIC, when I participated in a poster making competition. After this I continuously participated in poster making. After a few months, I developed a comic which was designed, scripted and developed by me. I titled that comic RUM, and it got printed by YHP and kept at all HICs so that youth can easily access them.
I am now enjoying my role to the best, as I am doing what I am passionate about: to positively change the lives of young people the way my life has been transformed."
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