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Migration, Youth and HIV Risk: A Study of Young Men in Rural Jharkhand

This article analyses the sexual practices of young migrant and non-migrant men in Palamu district of Jharkhand in the context of hiv awareness. Based on a field study and using statistical analyses, the authors find that, contrary to popular stereotype, both migrant and non-migrant youth lack hiv awareness and practise "risky" sexual behaviour. They argue that hiv awareness policy must sensitise itself to the prevalence of "sexual networks" and concentrate advocacy drives in these areas.

Maternal Healthcare Seeking among Tribal Adolescent Girls in Jharkhand

This article presents evidence from a cross-sectional survey on the extent of maternal healthcare seeking among married adolescent tribal girls in Jharkhand and the factors associated with this proclivity. The study findings clearly show that maternal healthcare seeking is limited. A substantial proportion of girls did not receive any antenatal services; nearly all delivered at home and only a small proportion received a post-partum check-up. The findings, based on a primary survey in Lohardagga district in the state, are intended to inform the development of policies and programmes that address the maternal and child health needs of this group in the country.
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