The aim of ASK programme is to maximize the uptake of services by identifying and overcoming the barriers of access faced by young people (aged 10-24 years) with special focus on empowering vulnerable young people Through a unique combination of partners, ASK programme aims to address these factors by taking a comprehensive and inclusive approach.
ASK in Pakistan will expand and strengthen service delivery for young people in Pakistan through Extensive trainings of Healthcare providers on delivery of Youth Friendly Health Services, creating an enabling environment and ‘e’ and ‘m’ health initiatives. Through this programme young people around Pakistan will be able access Sexual and Reproductive Health information and Services in safe, non-discriminatory and non-judgmental environment.
Young people are better informed and thus able to make healthier choices regarding their sexuality Increased access to SRH commodities for young people, transgender and also including the disabled people Public and private clinics/facilities provide better SRH services to young people Greater respect for the sexual and reproductive rights of young people and marginalized groups
The programme targets young people between the ages 10-24 years, especially adolescent girls and marginalized youth groups like sexual, ethnic or religious minorities, people with disabilities, sex workers, and young people living with HIV.
As part of the programme outreach strategy, ‘e’ & ‘m’ health initiatives are undertaken to provide young people with authentic Sexual and Reproductive Health information.
mHealth Initiative: ASK SMS Service
To provide a safe and readily accessible platform to young people, ASK programme initiated an SMS service where young people can inquire about their Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights. This service was launched in November 2014 and has gain popularity among young people across Pakistan.