Samata: Supporting marginalised girls in Karnataka, India to stay in school

29 March 2019

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The Karnataka Health PromotionTrust (KHPT) designed, implemented and evaluated Samata, a multi-faceted intervention to support marginalized girls to continue in high school in Karnataka State, India. Extending high school attendance has been shown to reduce girls’ and young women’s risk of HIV infection, reduce child marriage and delay entry into sex work, as well as achieving a number of related health, education and long-term economic benefits.

KHPT sustained engagement with local and state-level policy makers over the course of the Samata intervention. Various protocols from Samata, including an attendance tracking tool and elements of the teacher-training curriculum, have been adopted or adapted by state and local government bodies.