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KATHMANDU, 23 September 2017 – Health Minister Girirajmani Pokharel today launched an Android-based mobile application meant for adolescent girls and boys in Nepal.

The mobile app, Khulduli (curiosity), aims at promoting sexual and reproductive health and rights of adolescents in Nepal by empowering them with the right information about their health and helping them adopt a healthy lifestyle.

It is developed by the National Health Education, Information, and Communication Center (NHEICC) under the Ministry of Health (MoH), Government of Nepal in collaboration with the German Development Cooperation, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), and USAID’s Health for Life Project. The app is based on UNFPA’s global innovative mobile solution, known as Youth.Connect. This App was also developed as part of the MoH’s “Healthy Nepal, Prosperous Nepal” campaign.

Adolescents and young people represent a third of the total population in Nepal. This population is often considered as the healthiest population group; however, if not supported well, they become one of the most vulnerable population sections. Early marriage, early and unintended pregnancy, STI including HIV, substance abuse (cigarette, alcohol and drugs), and malnutrition are the commonest problem they face. This population section also marks the increased exposure to risk factors of the Non-communicable diseases. However, the access to appropriate information is not adequate for this group. According to an estimate, less than one-third of the adolescents in Nepal have access to the sexual and reproductive health information that meets their needs (GIZ 2016).        

Minister Pokharel launched the app during an event organized in Kathmandu by NHEICC in collaboration with UNFPA, attended by adolescents, top government officials, and representatives of youth organizations, development partners, and others.

Speaking on the occasion, Minister Pokharel said that with the app, adolescents, who prefer to have access to sexual and reproductive health information in an easy, credible, confidential and non-threatening manner, can make informed and responsible decisions about their health and well-being.

The app in Nepali and English is available via the Android’s Play Store and can be accessed across Nepal with Wi-Fi or mobile data services, according to Santosh Chhetri, Advocacy and Communication Officer of UNFPA Nepal. Once downloaded, the ‘Khulduli’ app can be navigated both online and offline, he said, adding that the app contains information about key health issues concerning adolescents and young people in Nepal.