Centre for Health, Education, Training and Nutrition Awareness –CHETNA is a secretariat for the National Youth Alliance since 2006. As a secretariat CHETNA has undertaken various activities at National and state levels to ensure participation of adolescents and young people in processes related to drafting of policies and designing of programmes related to adolescents and young people.
CHETNA’s mission is to contribute to the empowerment of disadvantaged women, young people and children to gain control over their own, their families’ and communities’ health.
Having worked in the area of adolescent and young people’s nutrition, health and development since last more than three decades; CHETNA’s experience can be broadly categorized as
- Advocating for adolescents’ and young peoples’ nutrition and health issues
- Designing and developing health and nutrition related education and training material
- Showcasing innovative implementation models and health and nutrition education approaches
Centre for Development and Population Activities (CEDPA)
The Centre for Development and Population Activities (CEDPA India) is a non-governmental organization works with communities, women leaders, civil societies and the government to give women and youth the tools to live healthier lives. CEDPA India’s focus is on increasing educational opportunities for girls and youth; ensuring access to lifesaving reproductive health and HIVAIDS information and services; and strengthening women’s ability to become leaders in their communities and nation. Through programmatic and institutional impact, it has launched many groundbreaking initiatives resulting in a comprehensive portfolio of youth and maternal health as well as women’s leadership programs. For example, its work with young people have impacted more than 500,000 young people and empowered as many adults to support youth in their communities through customized program solutions.
Networking with a large number of community-based NGO partners, it works closely with the public sector; provided technical assistance to a wide array of stakeholders and collaborators; and actively participating in sector-wide research intervention. It also works on advocacy initiatives and worked with women leaders, local partners and national and international organizations to design and implement programs within the community for Girls Education and Youth Development, Reproductive Health and HIV/AIDS and Gender Equity and Governance.
Community Aid and Sponsorship Programme (CASP)
CASP is a premier national organization committed to the sustainable development and strengthening of child, family and community reinforcing values of equity, dignity and justice. CASP also works towards networking, strengthening alliances and building partnerships with national and international organizations with mutually compatible objectives so as to accomplish its mission. Through strategies and programmes, it addresses issues like AIDS and Sexual Health, Adolescent Health, Housing, Adult Education, Vocational guidance, Family Health, Mobile Dispensary, Reproductive Health. It also works on Child Survival, especially those affected by natural calamities and whose parents are facing life imprisonment as well as encouraging meritorious children. Community development programmes of the organization enhance the capacities of children, families and communities through empowerment, participation and advocacy. Its presence spreads over fifty backward and most backward districts including urban slums.
Beginning with the a community-based service model, Pathfinder works extensively in ensuring access to reproductive health services, especially for young people. Keeping reproductive health central to its development initiatives, it helps people create better opportunities throughout life, helping them take decisions to make informed life choices such as when and how often to have children, pursue their education, contribute to the local economy, and engage in development work in their communities. Its focus areas are Abortion, Adolescents and youth, Advocacy, Contraception and Family planning, HIV/AIDS, Maternal and New born health.
As part of its Integrated Community and Health Systems Strengthening framework, Pathfinder fosters partnerships among government sectors (e.g., health, education, and youth), the private sector, and civil society to facilitate a coordinated response to reproductive health needs. To ensure various scalable, sustainable programs on specific needs of particular communities, Pathfinder builds government and local capacity to plan, implement, and monitor and evaluate projects.
Operating in 50 developing countries across Africa, Asia and the Americas to promote rights of young people and children and lift millions out of poverty, Plan is an independent organization with no religious, political or governmental affiliations. It works with the vision to ensure a world in which all children realize their full potential in societies that respect people’s rights and dignity. Through various initiatives, Plan aims to achieve lasting improvements in the quality of life of deprived children in developing countries, through a process that unites people across cultures and adds meaning and value to their lives. Plan’s work to promote child rights and poverty alleviation is based around 8 core areas that include Health, Education, Protection, Water and Sanitation, Economic Security, Emergencies, Sexual Health including HIV and child participation.
PSS Educational Society
P.S.S. Educational Development society was begun as an eco friendly model called Erragudur village of Pamulapadu Mandal Kurnool District of Andhra Pradesh that was worked and Heavy blasting by Telugu Ganga Project work in 2006. The village is located in Erragudur Grama Panchayat and has been built under the take Relief and Rehabitation programme by P.S.S Educational development society and Blue cross youth seva sangam. The Housing and social infrastructure was by P.S.S Educational Development Society and Blue Cross also ensures environmental development by growing thousands of many varieties of plants within Erragudur village and surrounding villages.
Child in Need Institute (CINI)
CINI is an Indian non-government organization, partnering with central and state government, national and international donors, UN and bi-lateral organizations, non-government organisations and local communities. At grassroots levels it collaborates with community-based organisations, women’s self-help groups, local elected representatives, service providers, children and youth groups. Fostering formation of civil society networks and alliances in India, it also networks with international support groups active in Australia, Holland, Italy, Norway, Uganda, UK and USA.
Its main aim is to strengthen the capacity of deprived children, young people and women to improve their health, nutrition, education and protection conditions. Through human rights-based approaches, CINI facilitates interventions in under-serviced rural and urban areas, strengthening local governance processes that give under-served marginalised communities a voice to influence national policy. To maximize impact in these areas, it also focuses on the critical periods of the life cycle, i.e., women’s pregnancy and life in the womb, the first two years of life and adolescence, by adopting a Life Cycle Approach (LCA). Special interventions on adolescents are implemented by resource centers for Adolescents (Yuva), HIV/AIDS and Bandhan to address critical health needs of women and children affected by the disease within the family and the community where they live.
MAMTA- Health Institute for Mother and Child
MAMTA – Health Institute for Mother and Child, New Delhi, works in 14 States of India and has extended its reach beyond national borders to Nepal and Bangladesh. The organisation is committed to empower the underserved and marginalized, especially young people, in integrated health and development issues in the context of poverty, gender and rights through a rights-based life cycle approach. To specially focus on adolescents, Adolescent Development Centres (ADC) were established in the field areas to address addressing young people’s needs on education, health empowerment and entrepreneurship development. Recognizing needs of rural adolescents, efforts towards reduction in early marriage and early pregnancy and integrated development of adolescent girls are being made. Interventions in Reproductive and sexual rights are facilitated by addressing cultural problems and ensuring access to basic health care, standard of living, education, social status and access to information and medical services.
MAMTA has established a countrywide network for Adolescent/ Young People Reproductive and Sexual Health and Rights with 150 partners in various Indian States, thereby influencing thousands of young people at the national level.
NATIONAL FOUNDATION FOR INDIA
The National Foundation for India is an independent, Indian grant-making and fundraising body, helping people improve their own lives. It supports partners who look for solutions to complex problems in poor, remote and challenging parts of the country. NFI’s distinct nature comes from being completely independent of corporate, religious or governmental control and our focus is nationwide. NFI has partnered with a number of Indian and international donor agencies and is a professionally managed and financially accountable foundation. NFI’s mission is to help create a just and equitable society, by enabling marginalised communities to improve the quality of their own lives, by improving public understanding of social issues and promoting social justice.
Through the sharing of knowledge, experiences and best practices, it promotes development action and development communication across seven thematic areas. These include: Community Health, Elementary Education, Local Governance, Livelihood Security; Peace & Justice, Citizens and Society, Development Journalism. The aim is to create lasting change by building healthy communities and promoting sustainable development.
Population Foundation of India
Population Foundation of India (PFI) is a national non-government organization that promotes policy advocacy and research on population issues including new challenges and changing perspectives through periodic reviews of its objectives, processes and achievements to make itself relevant to the people it serves. PFI collaborates with central, state and local government institutions for effective policy formulation and planning. It extends its support to programmes that focus on Reproductive and Child Health (RCH), Family Planning, Adolescent Reproductive and Sexual Health (ARSH), HIV/AIDS and Urban Health. The foundation also works with corporate organizations as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). PFI reaches out to the underserved and the unserved areas in 20 states.
Young people’s reproductive and sexual health is a cross-cutting theme across all their programmes These include life skills education, group counselling sessions, peer education, and empowerment of married and unmarried adolescents. Instrumental in the formation of the IndiaAlliance for Young People, it integrates support service delivery initiatives aimed at reducing iron deficiency anaemia and addressing other health concerns of adolescents. With interventions in advocacy, program management, scaling up of programs, technical assistance, capacity building, research, monitoring and evaluation, it also has a number of publications, newsletters, audio-visual aids, field stories, etc.
Population Council- Research that makes a difference
As part of its development work in developing countries, the Population Council has worked in India for decades by establishing partnerships with health and social science institutions. This organization works with the government, nongovernmental organizations, the media, and other stakeholders to improve the quality of client-centered reproductive health services, and to create an evidence base for adolescent programming, and address the HIV/AIDS pandemic.
The current focus in India is to provide evidence to shape national policies and programs on HIV and AIDS; poverty, gender, and youth; and reproductive health, with particular attention to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. It also strengthens national capacity in social science and operations research to advance the careers of the next generation of Indian professionals. Its wide range of programmes related to the youth and adolescents include scaling up a system for quality assurance for reproductive health services, improving sexual and reproductive health services for men living in urban slums, expansion of schooling, financial literacy, and livelihoods initiatives. Recognizing the impact of chronic poverty and gender inequality on the lives of young people it works extensively to increase their access to contraceptive methods, family planning services, health care financing, helping people living with HIV, ensuring safe abortion and post-abortion care and strengthening health systems.
Through initiatives in Health Communications, Empowerment Programmes, IEC materials, Thoughtshop Foundation works on concerns in adolescent health, reproductive health, youth issues, gender equity, children’s issues, HIV/AIDS, Health & Environment. Using behaviour change communication strategies, participatory community friendly tools and training software, this organization conducts workshops to empower and motivate young people helping them to take charge of their own lives. They also use interactive methods like games, events and projects like The Ignited Minds to foster initiatives towards positive social change A number of training manuals, tool kits, films, documentaries, award initiatives, and other publications and research material have been developed on the above mentioned themes along with workshops, campaigns, and programmess to encourage community participation.
Publications and Tools
- Music, films, Champa and Shankar Kits, IML HIV Kit, Watsan Kit, Changemakers Tools
- Life Skills – Peer Educators’ Tool
- Youth Participation Ladder
- Group Building Game
- The Blue Planet Game
Tarshi (Talking about Reproductive and Sexual Health Issues)
To enhance the conceptual understanding of the fields of sexuality, gender, and rights and of their inter-linkages with socio-cultural issues in the South and Southeast Asian region, TARSHI (Talking about Reproductive and Sexual Health Issues) works towards expanding sexual and reproductive choices in people’s lives in an effort to enable them to enjoy lives of dignity, freedom from fear, infection and reproductive and sexual health problems.
Through publications and info-line for those of the age of 10 years onwards, TARSHI aims to provide information to all, especially young people, on a range of topics related to sexual and reproductive health, HIV, contraceptive choices, sexual and gender identities, violence, safety and pleasure.. The publications contain information about growing up, bodily changes and all the other topics that young people are curious about and don’t know who to ask. The topics covered are sexuality and rights and related issues and are available both in English and Hindi. It also conducts and participates in many regional training sessions on various issues like sexuality, HIV/AIDS, Transgender, MSM, reproductive health and rights.
- TARSHI’s Red and Blue Books in many regional languages.
- The Orange Book is a workbook for teachers
- TARSHI Talks or ‘talking book’
- Fundas booklet on myths and facts about sexuality
- Basics and Beyond
Vacha is a term in the feminine gender in several Indian languages meaning verbal expression or articulation. Begun as a women’s library, the organization today works as a resource centre and is part of various autonomous women’s networks and groups. It focuses on issues of women and girls through educational programmes, resource creation, research, training, campaigns, networking and advocacy. It envisages a world without exploitation, oppression, discrimination and injustice against women or any other section of society. As part of its initiative, it imparts training on health and gender issues, empowerment of girls from marginalised communities, life skills and leadership.
It has a wide range of publications to create gender equality and awareness.
In an endeavour to make a society where rights and the needs of the women and girls are addressed without any discrimination, this organization strives to build greater awareness. It aims to propagate equality on the basis of gender, caste, religion, culture, class, politics, health and education, with assured food security, protected environment and disaster preparedness to ensures sustainable development, especially for the marginalised. Through focussed approaches on concerns that affect a woman throughout her entire life-cycle, Pahal addresses issues of Female Foeticide, Promoting girl child education, Women empowerment and Youth sensitization. Activism on these issues also addresses gender-based discrimination and societal behavior leading to physical and psychological and emotional violence.With the help of networking, it aims to bring about positive change in women’s lives, increasing their involvement and influence in their local communities, empowering them through education and decision-making.
Aasra is a crisis intervention center for the lonely, distressed and suicidal. As a unit of Befrienders Worldwide/Samaritans, it works to to alleviate human misery by offering active listening. i.e. non-judgmental and non-critical listening to anyone who would like to avail of our services when they feel anxiety, stress and despair. Aasra recognizes that loneliness and distress often leads to the act of self-destruction, the potential suicide can be averted by active listening. Though a confidential and effective volunteer service system, callers are given counseling with warmth and care.
Banglanatak dot com
Banglanatak dot com is a social enterprise that nurtures youth groups in West Bengal towards pro-poor growth and protection of rights of women, children and indigenous communities.
Youth groups work across the country on improving living environment in urban slums, alternative livelihoods in non-farm sectors, adoption of energy-saving practices, prevention of child marriage, preventing human trafficking, promoting ARSH and reducing vulnerability to HIV/AIDS.
Aimed at promoting social and behavioral change, theatre based communication is used to involve the community in building awareness on gender, child rights and developmental issues. With the help of initiatives like ‘Art of Life’ that foster cultural heritage, young people pursue traditional crafts for increased employability, income generation and reduced migration. Global connections by creating opportunities for multi regional and multi cultural dialogue like cultural exchange workshops between young artists, teachers and students of different nationalities, are encouraged. Future plans include developing a state level Adolescent and Youth Hub for strengthening access to information on child rights, laws and policies through participation of adolescents in development of policies and programmes.
Y.R. Gaitonde Centre for AIDS Research and Education
Based in Chennai, South India this organization works on prevention of HIV/AIDS in the community. It also works on advocacy for individual rights and policies that ensure counseling, continuum of care and a non-judgmental, supportive environment for people affected by the HIV/ AIDS epidemic. As part of sexual health programme for adolescents, it implements a range of interventions in schools, colleges, workplaces, communities and help lines to help adolescents, young adults, men and women to make informed choices to reduce their risks and vulnerability to HIV infection. Through initiatives like workshops and. Special camps for children living with HIV, that use intentional programming, focused play methodologies and therapeutic recreation to help them adopt appropriate medications and regain sense of responsibility and hope, are conducted. The youth peer educators trained in the programs are a source to communicate right information on HIV and sexuality to their peers; provide volunteer support to those who access HIV services offered at the centre and to reduce stigma against PLHIV in the community.
Publications: Books, journal articles, research papers, IEC material, newsletters, etc
Governed by health stakeholders in Goa, Sangath is a community health research agancy that focusses on adolescent health, especially sexual and reproductive health and evaluation of government health interventions. Issues covered are mental health, substance abuse, violence and RSH. Sangath designs and produces manualised training modules and low cost resource materials for building capacities of adolescents and other stakeholders like health education facilitators, peer leaders, teachers, staff nurses and school health Counselors. Clinical services for adolescents include career counselling, RSH, and psychosocial and mental health issues. The SHAPE programme that covers all of Sangath’s school based projects: MANTHAN, PRAYATNA and CORNERSTONE, promotes Schlicaool Health Promotion & Empowerment.
- Helping a Child with Learning Difficulties
- Health Needs of Adolescents: A Study from Goa
- All for Teens
- Period Pains
- The Teacher’s Toolkit
- A School Counsellor Casebook
- Child Development Handouts
Jatan Sansthan- Working with young people
Jatan Sansthan is a grassroots NGO working with the rural population of the Rajsamand and Udaipur districts of Rajasthan. It promotes a healthy, safe and empowered life for adolescents that is freefrom all forms of discrimination. It strives to empower the youth of Rajasthan by giving them a platform where they can freely express their concerns. For this purpose, it provides them with information that would enable them to seek social and scientific solutions thereby helping them became agents of change in their communities. Main issues addressed are Health (including HIV/AIDS), Education, Local governance, Migration, Employment and Reproductive rights .
Through Apna Jatan Centers, it provides educational opportunities like alternative non – formal education, life skills and overall support to marginalized adolescents and children. Its residential camps and forums equip adolescents with health education, political and legal literacy and empower them to contribute to Panchayats, Gram Sabhas and village-surveys for helping government health departments, monitoring public services or various campaigns. Through various inititiatives for migrants, Jatan works on building livelihood skills, facilitating placement of migrant youth in various trades, providing pre-departure counselling and assisting them with legal advice. Its redressal center for women and girls’ who experience violence, link the women with critical services like legal support, psychiatric/medical/short stay facilities, livelihood support etc, for long term solutions.
Ashish Gram Rachna Trust, Institute of Health Management, Pachod
Institute of health management Pachod is the executive body of the Ashish Gram Rachna Trust, a public trust, that provides curative health services and aims at holistic development of the individual, family and community. Through focused interventions on unmarried adolescents, married adolescents and their spouses, urban health, life skills including sexuality education and nutrition, it addresses concerns of women, adolescents and children. Innovations like IEC model for the decentralised communication strategy for GOI, various research studies, training and policy advocacy promoted attitudinal change in unmarried and young married men thereby demonstrating a measurable change in the prevalence of domestic violence and gender inequitable behaviours.
IHMP produces training, audiovisual materials and monitoring tools in the areas of health, nutrition, water, sanitation, HIV/AIDS, Life Skills etc. IHMP’s materials are developed at the grassroots level with substantial inputs from the audience for whom they are intended.
- The Life Skills Manuals
- Life Skills: Reproductive and Sexual Health Module
- Reproductive and Child Health Manual
- Self Confidence and Communication Skills
- Prevention of Anemia in Adolescent Girls: “Meera” Flashcards
- Our Health and Kitchen Gardens
- Prevent Anemia Now – Cookbook
- Calendar: Male Involvement, Anemia, Focus on Married Adolescents
- Interpersonal Communication Guide for Home Visit
- Health Surveillance Register ( Marathi)
- Growth Card ( Marathi)
- Balshakti : A Newsletter for children
India HIV/AIDS Alliance
Established in 1990, this Delhi based organisation supports community action to prevent HIV infection, meet the challenges of AIDS, and build healthier communities through a diverse partnership of committed organisations and communities to support sustained responses to HIV in India. Complementing the Indian national programme, it works through capacity building, knowledge sharing, technical support and advocacy. It encourages and maximises the role and efforts of community action to reverse the disturbing trend of the spread of the AIDS epidemic in an endeavour to eliminate it completely in times to come.
Family Planning Association of India
Established in 1949,FPA India strengthens a voluntary commitment to advocate for SRH and Rights and, choices. It promotes access to SRH information and services related to family planning, safe abortions, HIV/AIDS and sexuality to poor, marginalised and vulnerable populations including young people. With a visible presence in 17 states of India and one Union Territory, it ensures that SRH services are directly provided at the community level through a wide network of CBOs, peer educators and other voluntary groups. Achievement of goals is seen as an outcome of adopting a holistic approach in programme implementation including capacity building programmes and developing strong partnerships with governmental as well as non-governmental organisations. FPA India is the founder member of the International Planned Parenthood Federation, London. E-Mail : firstname.lastname@example.org Website : http://www.fpaindia.org/index.php
Established in 1992, this Lucknow based organisation began its activities in rural development in the states of Uttar Pradesh and Jharkhand which gradually unfolded to promote several community based organisations and voluntary groups. Currently SAHAYOG works closely with a select group of district partner organisations within UP to provide technical support, capacity building and knowledge-sharing activities on issues of gender, women’s health, working with men, women’s rights and violence against women. Its main focus is on promoting gender equality and women’s health from a human rights framework by strengthening partnership-based advocacy.