With India’s adolescent and youth population on the rise, the country’s government has sought to address this group’s unique challenges. India’s Ministry of Health & Family Welfare created the Rashtriya Kishor Swasthya Karyakram (RKSK) program to respond to the critical need for adolescent reproductive and sexual health services. Focusing on young first-time parents, the program employed several strategies to strengthen the health system to respond to adolescent health needs. This required a trusted resource within the health system who could approach this cohort. Community frontline health workers emerged as the natural choice.
Queen Esther is proud to lead this small peer group, part of a core package of activities for young first-time parents (FTPs) developed by the Evidence to Action (E2A) Project. E2A’s comprehensive first-time parent program model, implemented with dedicated country partners and funding from USAID, is effectively improving health and gender outcomes for this critical population in multiple countries.