Completed Project

Engendering Evidence-Based Policy for Young People’s Sexual and Reproductive Health in India

Agency : Palladium

Team Sunita Nigam

This research aimed to provide evidence related to the effectiveness of existing policies and programs for young people’s SRH in India, and further inform policy and practice so that the country is able to realize the gains from the demographic dividend over the next decade. Towards this aim, this research proposed to study the policy framework, implementation machinery, service delivery mechanisms, and knowledge, attitudes and practices related to SRH among the population aged 10-24 in India.

Objective/s of the Project:

  • How effective was the policy framework, budgetary allocations and implementation machinery for young people’s SRH?
  • How effective were the service delivery mechanisms, such as infrastructure, supplies, delivery of young people’s SRH programs by health workers, access, and SRH programs in schools?
  • How effectively were the roles of the private and voluntary sectors integrated with the above two?
  • What were the KAP related to various aspects of SRH, such as knowledge of menstruation, pregnancy, contraception, STIs and HIV; attitudes of adolescents and youth towards contraception, abstinence, perceived vulnerability to STIs/HIV/pregnancy, and gender role stereotypes; and practices related to safe sex, seeking SRH information and services, treatment of STIs, vaccination of HPV vaccine, HIV testing, substance abuse, supportive parenting, psychosocial support, prevention of gender-related violence, pregnancy, antenatal care, and delivery, among the 10-24 age population?
  • hat gender differences existed in program implementation, knowledge, attitudes and practices?
  • What evidence could be provided to policymakers and stakeholders to enable design and delivery of policy interventions related to young people’s SRH with particular focus on gender equity?