As part of the Rashtriya Kishor Swasthya Karyakram (RKSK) program Health Secretary C K Mishra launched the Saathiya Resource Kit, including Saathiya Salah Mobile App for adolescents.. One of the key interventions under the programme is introduction of the Peer Educators (Saathiyas) who will act as a catalyst for generating demand for the adolescent health services and imparting age appropriate knowledge on key adolescent health issues to their peer groups.
Introducing the Resource Kit and the Mobile App, Mishra said, “Our country is home to 253 million adolescents which is largest in the world in terms of absolute. Adolescents are the critical mass of asset which in future would be the biggest dividends to the country’s economy; thereby their health and wellness are of utmost priority.”
The most important component of RKSK program is a Peer Educator and this resource kit has been launched to enable all peer educators to communicate with the adolescents of their community. He specified that the kit is being launched to enable the 1.6 lakhs Peer Educators towards taking their job forward and answering all the queries in the minds of an adolescent in-spite of the plethora of media (Magazines, TV, internet etc.) available.
The Peer Educators will be trained across the country in a phased manner, ensuring optimum use of the resource kit, which is a ready source of a range of communication material specially designed to help the Peer Educator to be recognized and respected as saathiya, a good friend for the adolescents.
This Resource Kit comprises i) Activity Book, ii) Bhranti-Kranti Game iii) Question-Answer Book and iv) Peer Educator Diary. In addition to the kit is the mobile app Saathiya Salah (downloadable from Google play-store) which acts as a ready information source for the adolescents in case they are unable to interact with the Peer Educators.
The mobile app is also linked to another important piece of cost-effective information platform of a toll-free Saathiya Helpline (1800-233-1250) which will act as an e-counselor. While the short films will be played by the Peer Educators at their group meetings, the activity book and games will bring about discussion and resolve adolescent queries.
Encashing on mobile technology, the shy adolescents or those unable to interact with the peer educators due to family reasons, can access the information through the free mobile app as well the toll free helpline.