An adolescent-friendly health strategy will be launched in January to address some of the key issues, including adolescent pregnancies. The government strategy was outlined by Dr. Sushma Dureja, Deputy Commissioner (Adolescent Health) at a satellite session at the ongoing global health conference on social marketing and franchising.

As part of the plan, every district in the country will have at least one adolescent-friendly health clinic to offer clinical services and healthcare products including pills and contraceptives. The programme will be officially unveiled on January 7 at Bhubaneswar.

Chairing the session, S.K. Srivastava, Additional Secretary and Financial Advisor to the Health Ministry, stressed on the need for using the latest tools of social media including Facebook and What’s App to prod the young people to open up about their problems.

The session also threw up startling facts about the young generation in India. Every year, two million girls give birth before they turn 15. Out of the total number of women giving birth, 47 per cent were below the age of 18, pointed out Ms. Frederika Meijer, Country representative of the (United Nation’s Population Fund (UNFPA).