MANSI Adolescent Health Program
Location: Paderu block of Vishakapatnam district, Andhra Pradesh
The American India Foundation’s MANSI program reaches out to adolescent tribal girls in the remote, hilly, backward Paderu block of Vishakapatnam district in Andhra Pradesh. The aim is to provide the girls with essential adolescent health education that will contribute to ameliorating problems of under-nutrition, anaemia, menstrual hygiene, early sexual debut, early marriage and early childbearing, and will give them the information on new-born care that they will need as they prepare to enter motherhood. The program will cover 3200 adolescent girls both in and out of school.
Agragami’s role in this program is to build the capacity of the adolescent health facilitators who will be responsible for working with the adolescent girls, give them the material and tools that they will need to train and communicate with the adolescents, prepare training schedules and monitor the work of the health facilitators.