Salient features of the scheme

  • The programme envisions enabling all adolescents in India to realize 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.
  • To guide the implementation of this programme, MOHFW in collaboration with UNFPA has developed a National Adolescent Health Strategy.
  • It realigns the existing clinic-based curative approach to focus on a more holistic model based on a continuum of care for adolescent health and developmental needs.
  • Target groups: The new adolescent health (AH) strategy focuses on age groups 10-14 years and 15-19 years with universal  coverage, i.e. males and females; urban and rural; in school and out of school; married and unmarried; and vulnerable and under-served.

Focus areas 

  1. Improve nutrition - Reduce the prevalence of malnutrition and iron-deficiency anaemia (IDA) among adolescent girls and boys. 
  2. Improve sexual and reproductive health 
  3. Enhance mental health 
  4. Prevent injuries and violence 
  5. Prevent substance misuse 
  6. Address Non-Communicable diseases such as hypertension, stroke, cardio-vascular diseases and diabetes.