The Adolescent Reproductive and Sexual Health (ARSH) program, under the Action for Mobilization of Community Health Initiatives (AMCHI), reaches out to adolescent girls aged 13-19 years who are not in school. The program is conducted across 40 villages in Shahapur block, Thane District, of Maharashtra. The program consists of monthly interactive sessions on personal and menstrual hygiene, changes during adolescence and puberty as well as sexual and reproductive rights and responsibilities.
The School in Development (SID) program, also under AMCHI, reaches out to school-going adolescent girls and boys in 21 Zilla Parishad schools in Shahapur block. AMCHI works with School Management Committees to repair and maintain school toilets, ensuring that students, particularly adolescent girls, have access to clean and safe toilets. Students are trained to be ‘messengers of development’ or Vikasdoots, acting as advocates for sanitation and hygiene in their schools and villages. In addition, interactive sessions on menstruation and menstrual hygiene are conducted for adolescent girls in the seventh grade.
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Partners: School management committees and Panchayati Raj Institutions at the village level.