Adolescent Health Programs in Gujarat State- A Case Study

Arohi Chauhan
2016 Journal of Medical Science And clinical Research  
Adolescence is a fascinating period of life that marks the transition from being a dependent child to become an independently functioning adult. The health needs of adolescents have seldom been addressed in developing countries like India, where, in fact, it is very much needed. This case study aims to explore various programmes operational in Gujarat state for adolescents. Gujarat state has recognized the importance of addressing the needs of adolescents which is very well reflected in various
more » ... eflected in various interventions. Broad strategies include supportive provision of gender-sensitive, life skill education linked with youth friendly sexual and reproductive health service. Basic components required for the adolescent friendly health services are trained service providers, privacy, confidentiality and accessibility. Many of these barriers can be addressed through the existing programs addressing the health and development concerns of young people. A total of six programs are operational in state which exclusively caters to adolescent girls in the age group of 10-19 years including both school going and out of school adolescents. They includes Mamta Taruni abhiyan, Adolescent friendly health service clinics, Menstrual hygiene program, SABLA, WIFS and School Health Program. Government of Gujarat has taken note of the fact that adolescents are underserved and decided to address adolescents' health needs through a mix of various programmes
doi:10.18535/jmscr/v4i10.91 fatcat:v326b6o545hylhsmfvtfggkvzi