Young Health Programme

Young Health Programme (YHP) aims to make a meaningful difference to the health and well-being of the marginalised adolescents. It is helping them make informed decisions about their health, now and in the future. Plan India is implementing YHP in five resettlement colonies in Delhi (Holambi Kalan, Mangolpuri, Badarpur, Dwarka and Madanpur Khadar) with the support from four NGO partners and in partnership with AstraZeneca, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Plan International. In 2016, Phase III of the programme was launched in five more communities in New Delhi, namely, Sultanpuri, Kirari Suleman Nagar, Jahangirpuri, Bawana and Holambi Khurd, reaching out to more than 20,000 households and more than 1 lakh individuals.

Health and sanitation awareness sessions were also organised in communities and schools leveraging the "Swachh Bharat Abhiyan". Here, YHP peer educators and adolescents took the lead in launching cleanliness drives, holding sessions and related activities.

Regular meetings have been carried out with government officials and community stakeholders to develop better coordination and close the gap between demand and supply of health services for young people. In addition to the special clinics for adolescents on Tuesdays and Saturdays, government doctors have been persuaded to hold health talks with groups of young people on anaemia, SRH, dengue, nutrition, HIV and AIDS.

Plan India also carried out consultations on the Non Communicable Diseases (NCD) chapter for the "Fact for Life" publication by UNICEF. The report submitted by us has been acknowledged by UNICEF and NCD Child, USA.

Key Achievements

  • Since 2010, almost 200,000 (115,000 girls) have been reached
  • Further, 119,770 wider community members have been reached, including 620 Healthcare Workers, 13,700 parents, 360 teachers and 70 community leaders
  • 2,200 young people have been trained to be educators in their local communities (1,135 girls)
  • 15 Health Information Centres are providing preventive and promotive health and counselling services