TYPF has been working with MoHFW to develop the India specific "Advocating for Change for Adolescents" Toolkit, originally developed by PMNCH and Women Deliver. The toolkit, developed for and by young people, builds the capacities of adolescents and young people to be champions and strong advocates for adolescent health and wellbeing. With the Indian Government's strong focus on investing in our youth, and RKSK programme running in full swing, the toolkit is a timely instrument that will support young people in meaningfully engaging with adolescent health programming.
The toolkit "includes interactive and practical exercises, resources and reference documents “on the how to” of collecting existing data, gathering information on national policies, strategies and plans, using global commitments for advocating, for better results for adolescents and young people. The Toolkit aims to encourage meaningful engagement of youth and drive positive advocacy and accountability efforts to influence national health plans and policy processes for prioritization of adolescent health and well-being issues."
This year at the International Association for Adolescent Health 11th World Congress, TYPF, along with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, released the toolkit. The toolkit was launched at a panel in the Congress with Ms Vandana Gurnani (Joint Secretary-Reproductive & Child Health, MoHFW), Dr Ajay Khera (Deputy Commissioner-in-Charge, Child & Adolescent Health, MoHFW), and Dr Sushma Dureja (Deputy Commissioner, Adolescent Health Division, MoHFW), Dr Chandra Mouli from WHO, Dr Venkatesh Srinivasan from UNFPA, and Esther Moraes from TYPF. Ms Vandana Gurnani commended The YP Foundation and PMNCH for our work on the toolkit, and also asserted the need to work towards positive outcomes for all adolescents and young people in our future.
The India-specific toolkit was developed by Souvik Pyne and Vinita Sahasranaman from TYFP, with additional support from Shalini Perumal and Akshay Shetty.