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Improving the reproductive health of married and unmarried youth in India

Adolescents and Youth, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

Publication Year: 2006
Publication Author: Rohini Pande; Kathleen Kurz; Sunayana Walia; Kerry MacQuarrie; Saranga Jain

Decision makers want to know which strategies are most cost-effective for improving adolescent reproductive health and what resources are required to implement or scale up successful programs. Yet little is known about these programs’ costs, and few researchers are building cost-analysis into their program designs. This report summarizes the results of a multi-partner study of youth reproductive health interventions in rural and urban areas of India from 1996 to 2006. The research program demonstrated that it is possible to create effective programs to improve adolescents’ health in a relatively short time. This report draws on lessons learned on how to strengthen community and government efforts to improve youth reproductive and sexual health.

An accompanying briefing kit provides short summaries of specific projects and outcomes.

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Reproductive Health: Evidence from Three Adolescent Reproductive Health Programs in India
Understanding Costs to Improve Youth Reproductive and Sexual Health: Results from a Study in Rural Maharashtra, India

Understanding Costs to Improve Youth Reproductive and Sexual Health: Results from a Study in Rural Tamil Nadu

Understanding Costs to Improve Youth Reproductive and Sexual Health: Evidence on Replicating a Tested Model in Delhi, India

Influence of Men and Boys on Youth Reproductive and Sexual Health: Lessons from Intervention Studies in India

Influence of Men and Boys on Youth Reproductive and Sexual Health: Husbands’ Involvement in Maternal Care in Rural Maharashtra, India

Community Mobilization and Youth Reproductive and Sexual Health: Findings from Intervention Studies in India

Addressing Gender-Based Constraints in Youth Reproductive Health: Findings from Intervention Studies in India

Addressing Gender-Based Constraints in Youth Reproductive Health: Experiences and Behaviors about Infertility among Young Couples in Rural Maharashtra, India

Delaying Age at Marriage in Rural Maharashtra, India

Reducing Anemia and Changing Dietary Behaviors among Adolescent Girls in Maharashtra, India

Building Life Skills to Improve Adolescent Girls’ Reproductive and Sexual health, Tigri, Delhi

Replicating an Adolescent Girls’ Reproductive and Sexual Health Program in Naglamachi, Delhi

Reproductive and Sexual Health Education, Care and Counseling for Married Adolescents in Rural Maharashtra, India

Reducing Reproductive Tract Infections among Married Youth in Rural Tamil Nadu, India
Role of Mothers-in-Law in Young Women’s Reproductive Health: Evidence from Intervention Research in Rural Maharashtra, India

Social Mobilization or Government Services: What Influences Married Adolescents’ Reproductive Health in Rural Maharashtra, India?

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