RFP – A study on Adolescent Reproductive and Sexual Health Behaviours amongst Adolescents

The PRIDE India (Planning Rural-Urban Integrated Development through Education) is a developmental organization working since 1982 for impacting the lives of marginalized communities in rural & urban areas to help them lead lives filled with dignity and self-respect. The organization has been working towards promoting holistic development of marginalized rural & urban people, consider family as a unit, by adopting an integrated approach with main emphasis on Early Childhood Care and Development, Education, Health, Livelihood and women empowerment. Currently its works spans over 8 districts of Maharashtra.

Partnership with ChildFund India:

Since 1986 year the Pride India is associated with ChildFund India in implementing the ChildFund Sponsorship program. ChildFund India has been representing the voice of underserved children in India since 1951. With the support of ChildFund India, the Pride India is continuously supports children from birth to young adulthood, through unique intervention models designed around a complete lifecycle approach.

Background of the Study:

  • Adolescents face a range of health problems, including those related to sexual and reproductive health (SRH), substance use, mental health, nutrition, violence and accidents. HIV and maternal mortality are two of the most important health problems for adolescents in developing countries: a large proportion of new HIV infections each year occur in adolescents, with a higher level of incidence in young women than young men; and pregnancy-related problems are a leading cause of death for adolescents, due mainly to complications from unsafe abortion and childbirth.
  • Access to quality health services, including sexual and reproductive health services such as STI management, antenatal care and contraception, is essential in addressing these problems. However, adolescents usually have very limited access to health services. Policy makers may not prioritise adolescents and therefore services may not be available. Where services are provided, adolescents may not know about them, or be embarrassed to seek them and have concerns about confidentiality. In addition, services may be inappropriate, costly, and unwelcoming to adolescents due to factors such as staff attitudes, long administrative processes, inappropriate opening hours or location.
  • To successfully address priority issues such as HIV and maternal mortality, adolescents’ access to services needs to be increased, by stimulating and meeting their demand for services. This requires provision of information and skills so that adolescents are aware of health services and products, and know when to seek them and how to use them; and provision of appropriate health services that attempt to overcome the barriers to access mentioned above – for example through creating a welcoming environment, and training staff to offer a range of appropriate services. All of this needs
  • to be within a supportive environment, including appropriate policies as well as the support of local community leaders for the provision of SRH services to adolescents.
  • Successful SRH programmes are based on the local context and circumstances. Before trying to improve adolescents’ access to services, it is therefore important to first get a good understanding of what those circumstances are in your district. Since government health services alone cannot meet all adolescent health needs, it is also necessary to identify other existing and potential sources of advice, information and services, such as other government departments, private service providers and non-governmental organisations, so that networks and partnerships can be established with them.

Scope of Work:

The purpose of the study is to understand the knowledge, Attitude and Practice level on Adolescent Sexual Reproductive Health (ARSH). The study is expected to carry out in selected location of 3 urban cities; Mumbai, Mysore and Chennai.

  • Below are the expected areas that the study should focus;
  • Adolescent health problems: What do adolescents and gatekeepers think are the main health needs and problems (including sexual and reproductive health) faced by adolescents in the district?
  • Current service provision: What sexual and reproductive health services are currently provided in the district, either by the government or by other providers? (This includes provision of information, services and products to prevent, detect and treat health problems).
  • Use of health services by adolescents: Which health service providers do adolescents go to, and why? Which do they not use, and why not? (This includes providers of health services as well as health-related products.) How do adolescents and gatekeepers think that health service provision could be improved?
  • Other initiatives: Apart from health service providers, what other institutions or initiatives are promoting adolescent health and well-being in the district (for example, providing health information and education or counselling services)?

Role of Agency/ Individual Consultant:

  • Developing the methodology
  • Finalising the Study Instrument
  • Training the field team in administrating the data collection.
  • Data quality assurance
  • Data cleaning
  • Analytical report with recommendation

Support from the organisation:

  • Data collection team will be deputed from the organisation
  • Support in finalising the instrument

Management and Reporting Arrangements:

  • The Consultant is expected to work closely with The Pride India for administrative arrangement and contact KMU department and Technical Specialist of ChildFund India for any technical related requirement. The consultant will respond to requirements of ChildFund as and when required with regard to this assignment.
  • All the original interview form, FGD notes and Consent form along with analytical report need to submit to The Pride India.

Submissions of Proposals:

The proposal should contain the following content;

Section A- Technical Proposal

Background

  • Experience
  • Study Methodology /Sampling
  • Workplan

Section B- Budget with tax

Kindly send your proposal to this email ID prideindia.mcdp@gmail.com and mention the subject Tag “ARSH KAP Study” on or before 20th March 2020.  

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