Programmatic perspective of adolescent health in India
Dr. Sushilendra Kumar Chouhan, Dr. Rita Chouhan, Dr. Matin Ahmad Khan, Dr. Shweta Chouhan
Adolescence is a period in which all the habits and behaviour like high risk behaviour, substance abuse and eating habits develop that have lifelong impact.
According to the World Health Organisation adolescents are those persons in the age group of 10 to 19 years. India has 243 million adolescent people constituting about 21.4% of the country’s total population It is an important phase in life as it gives a second chance to improve the health and well-being of a child in their second decade as well as an opportunity to mitigate emergence of risk factors that may lead to diseases in adulthood. The health status of adolescents even reflects on the health and well-eing of the next generation.
Health education and counselling to adolescents are necessary in India to improve adolescence health. Primary care practitioners may act as a bridge between the family and adolescents to solve the problems. Simultaneously awareness to the programmes related to adolescent health should be generated among family members so that they can also advise and guide the adolescents In India, programmes have been launched to address all the problems faced during adolescent period, still then adolescents are facing problems. Improving Adolescent Health is an emerging area for India to invest in. A review of adolescent health status and healthcare delivery system will help in understanding and strengthening the activities.
Dr. Sushilendra Kumar Chouhan, Dr. Rita Chouhan, Dr. Matin Ahmad Khan, Dr. Shweta Chouhan. Programmatic perspective of adolescent health in India. International Journal of Multidisciplinary Education and Research, Volume 2, Issue 2, 2017, Pages 87-93