Project YUVA is an outreach program aimed at advocating and nurturing healthy adolescents for a better future. ‘YUVA’ in Sanskrit means young people. Project YUVA stands for ‘Young people Understanding & Verbalizing Adolescence”.
Adolescence is an important stage of life characterized by major changes in physical, emotional, cognitive and social domains. India has the largest adolescent and youth population in the world, 253 million are in the 10 to 19 year age group, constituting 21% of our total population. There are 356 million young people (defined as 10-24 years). According to UNFPA projections, India will continue to have one of the youngest populations in the world till 2030. This young population is often a largely neglected group in our country and their health needs are mostly unmet. Project YUVA is launched with the aim to advocate adolescent health by providing health education for young people.
Three entities (registered NGO’s) namely Christian Medical College (CMC), Vellore, Childline India Foundation (CIF), Mumbai and the Hope House in Vellore came together through a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in May, 2019 to form ‘Project YUVA’.
This project is intending to work in six different areas (consistent with the National Adolescent Health Program of India, of the Government of India called “RKSK”) through schools and communities namely:
- Mental Health
- Nutrition, Physical Activity and NCD’s
- Substance Use
- Sexual and reproductive health
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