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A Few Teaching AIDS

Our social sector is currently preoccupied with adolescent sexual health

A Few Teaching AIDS
Tribhuvan Tiwari
A Few Teaching AIDS
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Union health minister C.P. Thakur recently announced plans for setting up specially designed clinical services for adolescents in hospitals and also promised adolescent health camps in remote areas. The government, along with the WHO, has set up an adolescent health centre at Delhi's Safdarjung Hospital. All this, even as the NCERT continues with its project on adolescence (read sex) education in about 20,000 schools across the country and currently engages itself in running a pilot project in "Skill Building in Adolescence Education" in six states. And yet some more assistance comes from the CBSE's plans to launch a helpline for sexually harassed school students.

Then there are the many macro-health directives that reflect concern for the well-being of our young. The latest Population Policy stresses on addressing the "needs of under/unserved population groups like adolescents", while the National Health Policy emphasises the requirement for establishing new health infrastructure for "deficient(ly)" catered areas. The Draft National Youth Policy, Reproductive and Child Health Programme, Integrated Child Development Services also focus on adolescents.

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