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Reaching the Most Marginalized Adolescents: Lessons from a Sexual and Reproductive Health Project for Mahadalit Youth

From 2016 to 2020, Pathfinder International, with funding from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, provided Mahadalit adolescents access to quality SRH information and services through the Sashakt project. Sashakt, which means “empowerment” in Hindi, is implemented in three districts (Purnea, Katihar, and Araria) of Bihar, India and builds on learnings from the success of Promoting Change in Reproductive Behavior of Adolescents (PRACHAR), a predecessor Pathfinder project in Bihar. Given widespread early marriage and early pregnancy in the Mahadalit community, and in alignment with the National Adolescent Health Program (Rashtriya Kishor Swasthya Karyakram [RKSK]), the project identified unmarried and married adolescents ages 15 to 19 as key populations to engage. This brief documents Sashakt’s assessment of its approaches and lessons learned from working with Mahadalit adolescents.

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