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SRIJAN (Sexual & Reproductive Health Initiatives for Joint Action Network) is a state level network of 18 like minded voluntary organizations in 18 districts of Uttar Pradesh. This network had been initiated by MAMTA-Health Institute for Mother and Child, New Delhi.

SRIJAN recognizes that improving the Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) of young people requires collaboration with like minded organizations and active participation of young people themselves in planning, implementation and disseminating information on issues concerning their well-being.

SRIJAN reaches out to young people between 10-24 years of age including those in formal institutions (like schools, collages and work places), in vulnerable settings (like out of school, on streets, migrant population, work force in an unorganized sector): both married and unmarried; residing in rural areas and urban slums with greater emphasis on marginalized and disadvantaged population

IISD is working in Lucknow district with SRIJAN network for last 4 years on various issues like early marriage and early pregnancy, HIV, AIDS and young people, Sexuality Education, retention in School and Youth Friendly Health Services.

To popularize these issues in the field IISD is regularly conducting programmes which are as follows:

1. AIDS Day Celebration

To create awareness about this deadly disease IISD is regularly organizing various programmes in different places with different stakeholders so that awareness could be propagated in wider audience. Majority of these programme are being conducted in rural areas apart from urban slums and schools.

2. Community Meetings

To sensitize the rural population on the above issues community meetings are conducted on regular intervals by the peer educators associated with the organization. These could be in govt. and/or private schools, among the peers, teachers and community itself.

3. Sensitization of Street Children

To create awareness on modes of transmission and the methods of prevention of HIV/AIDS, STI etc. these meetings are conducted by peer educators to sensitize the street children and the families of the migrants. These meetings help in increasing their knowledge level about this deadly disease.

4. Parent Teacher Meetings

The objective of this programme is to sensitize the parents and teachers in our area peer educators on the Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health issues through direct intervention and community meetings etc. through such type of meetings supportive atmosphere is created and more & more youths are included in this programme.

5. PRI Sensitization Meetings

The existing PRI’s can also be the stakeholders in creating facilitating environment in the rural area about YRSHR issues. These meetings are held at regular intervals and they help in relationship building exercise for seeking their support on working with young people in those areas and creating inclination on issues related to young people.

6. Massive Signature Campaign on 18/21

A massive signature campaign was launched in the area to collect the signature of young people to get support of the young people on the age of marriage, 21 for boys and 18 for girls in the state of Uttar Pradesh. These signatures were handed over to Minister concern for advocacy purpose.

7. Advocacy Campaign in Mahotsav’s

Mahotsavs and religious celebrations are very common in ever district of UP. These could be the better place to advocate about the issues related to young people among the local authorities and general public. Such type of campaigns are also organized time to time for seeking support from wider areas.

8. Sensitization Meetings with Service Providers on Youth Services

Local Administration present at district level and Block level if properly sensitized can act as a support for young peoples. Considering this meetings with these officials at CHC and PHC level are always organized so that youths seeking services could be provided by these officials and they should deal with respect with young people.

9. Meetings on Female Feticide

The decreasing male-female ratio is very alarming in various states. So this issue was also considered very important to be included in YRSHR programme. Meetings at regular intervals were organized with stakeholder like committee members on female feticide so that they could take immediate actions on the culprits. The help of media is also taken time to time for wider coverage.