The objective of this study was to better understand the longer-term effects of a three-day training program offered by Phase III of Pathfinder’s PRACHAR (Promoting Change in Reproductive Behaviour) program among adolescents in rural areas of selected districts of Bihar, India. This program focused on addressing adolescents’ need for information, contraceptive supplies, parental and community support, and a youth-friendly health system. Findings confirm that the training program was acceptable and useful to the young people exposed to it, and that it had a number of notable longer-term effects, observed even four years following its implementation; and they demonstrate the promise of a scaled intervention implemented among large proportions of adolescents and young people. Nevertheless, a training program lasting just three days or one focused only on adolescents may not be sufficient to sustain longer-term effects in the more difficult-to-change aspects of young people’s reproductive health—child marriage and early pregnancy—in a conservative setting such as Bihar.
Pandey, Neelanjana, Shireen J. Jejeebhoy, Rajib Acharya, Santosh Kumar Singh, and Mahesh Srinivas. 2016. "Effects of the PRACHAR project's reproductive health training programme for adolescents: Findings from a longitudinal study." New Delhi: Population Council.