The Population Council's Frontiers in Reproductive Health Program and the Policy and Research Division are collaborating with CARE India to conduct an operations research study to examine the feasibility and impact of adding livelihood counseling and training, savings activities, and follow-up support to the ongoing reproductive health program for adolescents. The short-term objective is to foster the development of alternative socialization processes for adolescent girls that encourage positive sexual and reproductive health behaviors. As noted in this project update, the study will produce a replicable model for CARE India and other agencies to use in adding livelihood activities to adolescent reproductive health programs. The intervention, which includes vocational counseling, vocational training, follow-up support, and savings activities, has begun operations in five slum areas. Thus far the project has demonstrated that it is feasible to provide short-term, nonformal training in vocational skills to adolescent girls living in the slums of Allahabad, and that such training can be successfully integrated within CARE India’s ASRHA (Action for Slum Dwellers' Reproductive Health, Allahabad) project activities.
Huntington, Dale, Mary Philip Sebastian, Nirmala Sevlam, Barbara Mensch, and Sahar Hegazi. 2001. "Integrating adolescent livelihood activities within a reproductive health program for urban slum dwellers in India," FRONTIERS Update. New Delhi: Population Council.
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