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Rashtriya Kishor Swasthya Karyakram launched
Jan 08, 2014

Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has launched the Rashtriya Kishor Swasthya Karyakram (RKSK).

The programme will comprehensively address the health needs of the 243 million adolescents, who account for over 21% of the country’s population. The Rashtriya Kishor Swasthya Karyakram (RKSK) will bring in several new dimensions such as- mental health, nutrition, substance misuse, gender based violence and non-communicable diseases. The programme envisions enabling all adolescents in India to realise their full potential by making informed and responsible decisions related to their health and well being and by accessing the services and support they need to do so.

The RKSK programme defines an adolescent as a person within 10-19 years of age, in urban and rural areas, includes both girls and boys, married and unmarried, poor and affluent, whether they are in school or out of school.  This broad definition helps to address the myriad problems of adolescents across various groups and categories, she stated.

The programme emphasis seven ‘Cs”- coverage, content, communication, counselling, clinics and convergence.

The programme introduces community based interventions through peer educators, and is underpinned by collaborations with other Ministries and State governments, knowledge partners and more research.


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