Case study: Changing norms to tackle child marriage and promote sexual and reproductive health rights in India

The Institute of Health Management Pachod (IHMP), a non-profit organisation, is improving the lives of vulnerable adolescent girls in rural and urban slum communities in Maharashtra, India. It helps married adolescent girls by offering reproductive health services, which has led to fewer adolescent deaths caused by early pregnancy, and prevents low birthweight among babies by increasing the time interval between births. IHMP also provides life skills education to unmarried adolescent girls, empowering them to make independent life choices and negotiate with their families so that they can delay the age at which they marry.