Pilot Intervention were carried out in three socio-culturally and geographically distinct regions of the country– 32 villages at rural site in Bawal block of Rewari district (Haryana State), 31 villages in peri-urban site in Pindra block of Varanasi district (State of Uttar Pradesh) and 4 urban sites in slums of Kormangala in Bangalore city (Karnataka State).
The primary objective of the Pilot intervention was to develop of a
community based ‘model’ for addressing young people's sexual and
reproductive health and Rights . This included:
- Sensitizing and mobilizing community & key stakeholders
- Capacitating Young People to seek information and utilize available
reproductive health services
- Creating Youth Friendly Services for young people
- Building capacities of outreach staff and peer educators ;and
- Undertaking Sexuality Education in Varanasi and Rewari
A network of existing infrastructure and service facilities at the village level was strengthened through effective community participation and involvement. An effort was made to enhance the overall project outreach to young people marginalized in economic terms. A culturally sensitive definition of poverty was developed for each of the intervention areas and adapted to include the poorest of the poor. While the project concentrated on involvement and participation of young people, development of sustainable linkages, creating information channels within the existing set-up, enhanced ownership by the community, and emphasis on generating needs into demand.
Sensitization and orientation of health service providers on Youth Friendly Services (YFHS) were integral to strengthen service provision in the public health system. Promoting sexuality education, especially in the government schools, along with implementing peer educator approach and Youth information centers comprised the key methods adopted in the intervention.
Empowerment Evaluation at 6 monthly interval documented changes in the perspective of implementers over time. This was critical to understand trends as well as identify approaches that had worked.