The following story reports on a government initiative in Bihar (a state of India) aiming at population stabilization, with the education and training of adolescents on reproductive health and family planning as the modus operandi.
Bihar launches population stabilisation initiative
The Bihar government has launched a major health initiative to stabilise population and train adolescents on reproductive health and family planning in several Naxalite affected blocks in Magadh zone. The scheme was launched in Gaya targetting one lakh adolsecents, officials said.
Executive director of the State Health Society Sanjay Kumar confirmed to HT, that Bihar has tied up with Pathfinder International for this key programme, which would involve young in the age group of 15 to 19 on reproductive health issues.
Kumar is also the chairman of the steering committee of the project.
“During the three-day training programme, adolescents would be given useful information on lifecycle changes, including puberty and menstruation, delaying the first pregnancy and spacing the second birth,” said the ED, adding that the young girls and boys are also educated about reproductive tract infections (RTI) and sexually transmitted diseases (STD), including HIV/AIDS.
He said, the purpose of the exercise was not only to train them but also to make them fit enough to train others. Similarly, the accredited social health activists (ASHA) were also being trained on how to communicate with the target group with regard to RH issues, he added.
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