In 2018, UNFPA co-led development of the Ayushman curriculum framework and teaching-learning materials in partnership with the Ministries of Education and Health. Approximately 80 professionals from the Government, UN agencies, Civil Society Organizations, several students and teachers and independent consultants contributed towards development of these materials. The programme is scheduled to roll out in 114 aspirational districts with potential for upscaling throughout the country. These materials once finalized by the government will be converted by UNFPA as e-material.
July 2018-January 2019: As approval of the Ayushman was being awaited, UNFPA put out a request for proposals to prospective e-module developers on 31 July 2018. In response, five e-module developers submitted their proposal for consideration. A technical committee reviewed the proposals on 25 September 2018 and identified three agencies as technically sound which qualified them for a financial review. The financial review of the three shortlisted agencies was done on 8 January 2019. The process is on and an agency is likely to be contracted and should be on board by 1st week of March 2019 to help convert the Ayushman modules into e-modules.
With improved school enrolment rates, it makes good public health sense to invest in schools as important avenues for promoting health and well-being of young people. This program will co-create and nurture a youth responsive environment in schools to promote growth of students and staff and contribute towards a universe of empowered, healthy and collaborative individuals, using face-to-face and e-learning approaches.