The Population Council in collaboration with CARE India has been conducting an operations research (OR) study to investigate the impact of adding a livelihoods component to the Action for Slum Dwellers' Reproductive Health, Allahabad (ASRHA) Project in Uttar Pradesh run by CARE India. The ASRHA Project selected peer educators from the slums and trained them in providing reproductive health (RH) information, communication skills, and group formation techniques. After the peer educators completed training, they conducted group sessions about livelihoods and savings. RH sessions were held alongside vocational counseling sessions. Population Council staff provided vocational training courses, both in the slums where the girls reside and in the city of Allahabad. In addition to surveys conducted prior to and following the intervention, the study also includes a midline assessment that measures the experiences of girls six months after they completed the first round of vocational training courses, or one year after the baseline survey. The midline survey was conducted in the experimental slums only, and this project update presents its findings.
Sebastian, Mary Philip, Dale Huntington, Barbara Mensch, Wesley H. Clark, Shahina Begum, Bela Patel Uttekar, and Sohini Roychowdhury. 2002. "Midline survey results: 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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