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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.
So far, YHP has established 15 Health Information Centres (HIC) across five communities in Delhi to serve as a space for youth to come together, develop their personality and focus on health related issues. In all, 1,04,605 young people have been reached directly and 1,03,981 wider community members, including health professionals, educators and policy makers have received the message. 1,783 young people have been trained as peer educators and now help spread awareness, train others, organise cleanliness drives and run HICs.
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.