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Sashakt: Strengthening Adolescent and Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health

The Sashakt project, meaning “empowerment” in Hindi, equips two cadres of community health workers to reach young Mahadalits with sexual and reproductive health information and services in India’s Bihar state. Because very few programs have focused on this marginalized population, a key aim of Sashakt is to assess which approaches are most effective.

Project Date: 2015 - present
Funder: The David and Lucile Packard Foundation
Country: India

135 community health workers trained on contraception

4,400+ adolescent boys and girls have been trained on sexual & reproductive health

82 Vikas Mitra—frontline workers in the Mahadalit Mission that cater to a population of more than 5,000—have been trained

What We Do

  • Train community health workers to conduct home visits with young Mahadalits to discuss contraception, healthy timing and spacing of pregnancy, and life skills
  • Facilitate group meetings among young Mahadalits to increase knowledge and awareness of contraception and the risks of early pregnancy
  • Strengthen government capacity to deliver and sustain quality contraceptive services for Mahadalit youth

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