This report details findings from an assessment of the Meri Life Meri Choice (MLMC) project in India, implemented by MAMTA—Health Institute for Mother and Child, with the support of the Elton John AIDS Foundation. The MLMC project sought to reduce the vulnerability of rural adolescent girls to HIV by enhancing their knowledge about sexual and reproductive matters and equipping them with skills that enable them to address vulnerability to HIV; increasing their utilization of sexual and reproductive health services from the public sector; and developing a supportive environment that enables adolescent girls to adopt protective actions to reduce vulnerability to HIV. The Population Council’s evaluation of the MLMC project demonstrates that a safe space model and a peer educator model can be effective and acceptable. There exists a great potential for up-scaling and sustaining projects like MLMC by drawing links with other available programs. The report highlights a few recommendations emerging from the evaluation that have relevance for adolescent programming in the country, including for scaling up interventions for adolescents.
Mehra, Sunil, Rajesh R. Singh, Vandana Nair, K.G. Santhya, and A.J. Francis Zavier. 2016. "Addressing adolescent girls' vulnerability to HIV/AIDS: Lessons from the Meri Life Meri Choice project." New Delhi: Population Council.
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