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Reveling Adolescent Health Day: Field experience from Rural Gujarat, India

Author(s): Deepak Saxena*, Sandul Yasobant, Tapasvi Puwar, Manish J Fancy, Poonam Trivedi and Shital Savaliya

About one-fifth of India’s population is in the adolescent (10-19 years) age group. Morbidity and mortality occurring in this age group is mostly due to preventable causes. To reduce this burden; the RashtriyaKishorSwasthyaKaryakram (RKSK) was launched on 2014 in India addressing adolescent health needs. Adolescent Health Day (AHD) under RKSK is one of the strategies to achieve the objectives of the adolescent health program to improve preventive services and increase the awareness. This study aims to document the experiences of AHD celebration in one of the block of Gujarat state as per the guidelines of RKSK. . Convergence approach as per RKSK guidelines has been adapted to reveal AHD in three steps- i) Pre-AHD activities to assess the preparedness, ii) On-AHD to evaluate and document the process- different stations of AHD. iii) Post-AHD activities targeted to crosscheck the coverage. This model has been rolled out and validated in one of the block (Talod) of Sabarkantha District, Gujarat. Reveling AHD through convergence approach found to be successful as per the involvement of different stakeholders and exit interview of adolescents. It is recommended to adopt this approach for celebration of AHD in other parts of country.


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