- Trained and supported over 1,000 government frontline health workers to bring accurate and unbiased reproductive health information to young people’s doorsteps
- Made sure unmarried adolescents have the information and support they need, so they can protect their health and delay marriage until they are ready
- Motivated young couples to adopt a contraceptive method of their choice to delay their first pregnancy and space their second child
- Engaged parents, mothers-in-law, and other influential adults in the community to shift beliefs and norms around early marriage and childbearing
- Built the capacity of over 20 local partners and the Bihar government so PRACHAR’s results lasted well beyond the life of the project
Promoting Change in Reproductive Behavior in Bihar
Meaning “promote” in Hindi, PRACHAR was a groundbreaking program that empowered young couples and adolescents to adopt healthy reproductive behaviors and tackle social norms that pressure them to marry and have children before they are ready.