In India, recent policies have underscored the right of adolescents and youth to sexual and reproductive health (SRH) counseling and services. Despite recent policies and programs, little information is available on the extent to which policy recommendations and program strategies have been implemented, and the extent to which services serve the disparate needs of married and unmarried young women and men. Also, there is limited evidence about the extent to which health-care providers at different levels of service delivery and stakeholders from other sectors are involved in providing SRH and HIV/AIDS-related information and services to young people, or their perceptions about the vulnerability of young people in general. To fill this gap, the Population Council undertook a small-scale study among stakeholders from the health and nonhealth sectors to assess their interaction with young people, their perceptions about the vulnerability of young people, and the factors that facilitate or hinder their capacity to provide SRH information and services to this group. The study was conducted in rural settings in Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh, and in Dhar and Guna districts of Madhya Pradesh.
Santhya, K.G., Shireen J. Jejeebhoy, Saswata Ghosh, and Nicole Haberland. 2007. "Addressing the sexual and reproductive health needs of young people: Perspectives and experiences of stakeholders from the health and non-health sectors," Research update. New Delhi: Population Council.