Health Secretary launched ‘SAATHIYA’ Resource Kit and ‘SAATHIYA SALAH’ Mobile App for Adolescents

Posted on:21 Feb 2017 18:07:27
Health Secretary launched ‘SAATHIYA’ Resource Kit and ‘SAATHIYA SALAH’ Mobile App for Adolescents
21 February 2017 Current Affairs: The Union Health Ministry on 20 February 2017 launched the SAATHIYA Resource Kit and mobile app named ‘Saathiya Salah’ for adolescents. The kit and the app were launched as part of the Rashtriya Kishor Swasthya Karyakram (RKSK) program.

The key intervention of the programme is an introduction of Saathiyas (the Peer Educators), who will act as a catalyst for generating demand for the adolescent health services. The kit and app will also impart age appropriate knowledge on key adolescent health issues to their peer groups. The Resource Kit comprises of

i) Activity Book

ii) Bhranti-Kranti Game

iii) Question-Answer Book

iv) Peer Educator Diary

Mobile app ‘Saathiya Salah’  : The app ‘Saathiya Salah’ is downloadable from the Google play store.

 It will act as a ready information source for adolescents when they will not be able to interact with the peer educators.

Besides, the mobile app is also linked to a cost-effective information platform of a toll-free Saathiya Helpline (1800-233-1250). This helpline will act as an e-counselor for the caller.

The SAATHIYA resource kit and the mobile app were launched by CK Mishra, the secretary of health and family welfare.

India is a home to nearly 253 million adolescents, which is the largest in the world in terms of absolute numbers. When RMNCH programmes were launched globally, India was the first nation to add the +A, that is, adolescent component to the Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (RMNCH), making it today’s RMNCH+A program’.

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