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FSD Program Site: India Organization Location: Udaipur, Rajasthan
Jatan has provided opportunities to young people in the community to design and implement programs based on their health and development needs.
Jatan believes that youth development must be addressed in a holistic manner. For this reason, Jatan implements programs that address problems of health (including HIV/AIDS), education, local governance, migration, employment, and reproductive rights, all of which are important concerns for the target group. It works to develop leaders in the youth community. Jatan also works with panchayats and political leaders, health service providers, the media, and community members to create awareness on the health rights of women. Jatan has formed special groups of pregnant women for better provisioning of ante- and post-natal care. Migrant support is a core area of Jatan’s work as well. Jatan operates a resource center to assist with migrant registration and provides a variety of support services.
Since 2002, Jatan has facilitated the formation and capacity building of youth groups. From 11 groups with 157 members in 2002, to over 40 groups with 600 members in 2008, the participation of young people has grown considerably. Increasing female and youth participation in governance and improving quality of governance is one of the focus areas for Jatan Sansthan. Jatan recognizes the need to improve the health status of women and adolescent girls. It works with panchayats and political leaders, health service providers, the media, and the community to increase awareness on the health rights of women. Jatan established a Migrant Support and Resource Center called Shramik Sahayta Evam Sandarbh Kendra in 2006. At the center, migrants are provided with a photo-identity card, vocational training, placement opportunities, and counseling on legal, health, and career-related issues.