Addressing the Reproductive Health Needs and Rights of Married Adolescent Couples
In India adolescents (10-19 years) form about 21.4 percent of the population –253 million. They live in diverse circumstances, have diverse health needs and get married at an early age leading to early childbearing. Adolescents do not access counseling and reproductive health services due to social norms and health system barriers. While early marriages deprive adolescents of their developmental needs; young married adolescents are vulnerable to severe human rights violations; particularly relating to forced and premature pregnancies that affect their health and well-being. Centre for Catalyzing Change ( formerly CEPDA India) works to empower married adolescent couples in Ramgarh, Jharkhand to lead healthy and productive lives by exercising their right to regulate their own fertility through access to reproductive health services. It reaches out to 1000 Married adolescent couples from among a general population, in catchment area of 16 Health Facilities under 02 Blocks of Ramgarh District, Jharkhand.