Health and Nutrition
Poor access to health, nutrition and food leads to avoidable incidence of morbidity, mortality and out-of-pocket expenses, often leading to slow development of place and people. In rural areas especially, the vicious circle of poverty, food insecurity, malnutrition and poor health reinforce each other. BETI has addressed these issues at grassroots and higher levels, especially covering adolescent girls and women, through different strategies with a human rights-based approach.
Unavailability of proper resources and information co-exist with unawareness of many aspects of health and sexuality in the community. Especially in the rural areas of our country, many health issues as women’s health, HIV/AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) etc. have been wrapped up under traditional taboos and modesty. BETI works to promote the health of communities and individuals based on a life cycle appreciating for sustainable human development.
Youth Resource Centres (YRCs)
The BETI Foundation has established Youth Resource Centres in the community with the purpose of educating youth on HIV/AIDS and Sexual and Reproductive Health Education (SRH). YRCs are functional in urban slums and also in selected colleges.
- Youth Resource Centres are established in a central place with accessibility.
- Behavioural Change Communication (BCC) material comprising newspapers, newsletters, pamphlets, brochures, etc., is available at these centres for the usage of youth.
- YRCs are managed by the local youths and separate time slots are allocated for girls and boys to access these centres.
- Youth between 14-24 years are identified from the community and college, to form a group of Peer Educators. This group is trained and educated on HIV/AIDS and Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) by BETI staff. SRH includes personal and environmental hygiene, sanitation, physical and emotional changes during puberty, menstrual cycle, pregnancy, family planning and contraceptive usage etc. The Peer Educators further reach their peers and disseminate the information in whole community.
- Meetings are also arranged with school management, parent-teachers associations and community members for their orientation on the subject too.
- Capacity building of Peer Educators is done through dissemination of IEC (Information Education and Communication) material on HIV/AIDS and SRH, training sessions/lectures, counselling and other activities.
- From time to time programmes are organized to enhance participation of youth. As: An interactive learning programme for HIV/AIDS ‘Sawan Samaroh’ was arranged on International Youth Day at AP Sen Girls’ College Lucknow, to build knowledge of girls on their reproductive and health rights, gender rights and HIV/AIDS.