The global youth population (15-24 years), currently at 1.2 billion is projected to rise to 1.4 billion by 2050. There are a staggering 340 million adolescents in South Asia – almost 30 per cent of the total adolescents in the world. Adolescents and young adults (AYAs) are affected by inequality, increased disease burden, poverty, injustice, lack of education and various prevalent social concerns. Young people also constantly live in the risk for contracting communicable diseases and are also constantly exposed to risk factors for Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs), putting them at a greater risk for ill-health in the present as well as in the future (during adulthood)…more