Dr. Kumar Khagendra Singh
Hon'ble CMO
Haridwar, Uttarakhand.
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Rashtriya Kishor Swasthya Karayakram (RKSK)
Adolescents (10–19 years) constitute about one-fifth of India’s population and young people (10–24 years) about one-third of the population. This represents a huge opportunity that can transform the social and economic fortunes of the country. The large and increasing relative share and absolute numbers of adolescent and youth population in India make it necessary that the nation ensures they become a vibrant, constructive force that can contribute to sustainable and inclusive growth. The skills, knowledge, attitudes and behaviour of today’s young people are essential to whether, and how well, the demographic dividend is successfully leveraged

To deliver these interventions, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has launched a new adolescent health programme – Rashtriya Kishor Swasthya Karyakram. The programme envisages strengthening of the health system for effective communication, capacity building and monitoring and evaluation. Further, RKSK underscores the need for several constituencies to converge effectively and harness their collective strength to respond to adolescent health and development needs. The different stakeholders, working on issues related to adolescent health and development, have a lot to gain by building on each other’s work both in terms of achieving programme objectives as well as in the improved indicators for adolescent health and development.