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The Ministry of Health & Family Welfare has launched a health programme for adolescents, in the age group of 10-19 years, which would target their nutrition, reproductive health and substance abuse, among other issues. The Rashtriya Kishor Swasthya Karyakram was launched on 7th January, 2014. The key principle of this programme is adolescent participation and leadership, Equity and inclusion, Gender Equity and strategic partnerships with other sectors and stakeholders. The programme envisions enabling all adolescents in India to realize their full potential by making informed and responsible decisions related to their health and well being and by accessing the services and support they need to do so. The Rashtriya Kishor Swasthya Karyakram (National Adolescent Health Programme), will comprehensively address the health needs of the 243 million adolescents. It introduces community-based interventions through peer educators, and is underpinned by collaborations with other ministries and state governments. India has nearly 26 crore adolescents and there is growing evidence that due to lack of awareness, more and more teenagers are falling
victim to unsafe sex practices or substance abuse.

Objectives:
· Improve Nutrition
· Improve Sexual and Reproductive Health
· Enhance Mental Health
· Prevent Injuries and violence
· Prevent substance misuse

‘’Impact Assessment would be done after an year to assess the impact of the programme and how far the release of kit has been successful. If successful, it will be carried forward’’, Mr Rajat stated.

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