Rashtriya Kishor Swasthya Karyakram

  • The Ministry of Health & Family Welfare has launched a health programme for adolescents, in the age group of 10-19 years, which would target their nutrition, reproductive health and substance abuse, among other issues.
  • The Rashtriya Kishor Swasthya Karyakram was launched on 7th January, 2014.
  • The key principle of this programme is adolescent participation and leadership, Equity and inclusion, Gender Equity and strategic partnerships with other sectors and stakeholders.
  • 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.


  1. Improve nutrition
    • Reduce the prevalence of malnutrition among adolescent girls and boys
    • Reduce the prevalence of iron-deficiency anaemia (IDA) among adolescent girls and boys
  2. Improve sexual and reproductive health
    • Improve knowledge, attitudes and behaviour, in relation to SRH
    • Reduce teenage pregnancies
    • Improve birth preparedness, complication  readiness and provide early parenting support for  adolescent parents
  3. Enhance mental health
    • Address mental health concerns of adolescents
  4. Prevent injuries and violence
    • Promote favourable attitudes for preventing injuries and violence (including GBV) among  adolescents
  5. Prevent substance misuse
    • Increase adolescents’ awareness of the adverse effects and consequences of substance misuse
  6. Address NCDs
    • Promote behaviour change in adolescents to prevent NCDs such as hypertension, stroke, cardio-vascular diseases and diabetes

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