Rashtriya Kishor Swasthya Karyakram: India’s first adolescent health programme launched
The Government of India has started the country’s first comprehensive adolescent health programme- Rashtriya Kishor Swasthya Karyakram, which will also focus on adolescents’ reproductive health.
Rashtriya Kishor Swasthya Karyakram
- Focus: Health needs of 24.3 crore adolescents which makes 21% of India’s population in India.
- A holistic and participative programme instead of a ‘doctor-driven’ effort.
- Strategy: RMNCH+A stands for (Reproductive, Maternal, New born, Child Health + Adolescent).
- New dimensions: Mental health, nutrition, substance misuse, gender based violence and non-communicable diseases.
- Community based interventions through peer educators, and is supported by collaborations with other Ministries and State governments, knowledge partners and research.
- Strives to make adolescents aware even before the occurrence of any disease or problem, so that they could make informed decisions and choices.
- Using new technologies and social media platforms to reach the adolescents in their own spaces, with strategic partnerships with communities and peers.
Emphasis on 6 ‘Cs”:
As per RKSK programme, a person within 10-19 years of age is an adolescent. It includes people in this age bracket in urban and rural areas and includes both girls and boys, married and unmarried, poor and affluent, whether they are in school or out of school.