Metropolis Foundation, the corporate social responsibility arm of Metropolis Healthcare Limited, today announced the launch of new & upgraded version of Too Shy to Ask ® (TSTA) App in both Android and iOS platforms. Too Shy to Ask (TSTA) is India’s only gender education, adolescent and reproductive sexual health education app targeted towards teenagers, teachers and parents. The App provides a safe space for adolescents to ask questions anonymously which they generally feel too shy to ask their parents or anyone. The App touches on various subjects such as gender education, equality, nutrition, mental health, and reproductive & sexual health etc.
Women Empowerment Foundation (which is now Metropolis Foundation) is the brainchild behind the TSTA App, who had initially launched it in the year 2017. Since then, TSTA evolved as a comprehensive educational tool addressing various types of queries related to adolescent issues. The App currently has 1,65,000+ active users across the country and have answered around 30,000+ queries so far with the support of highly qualified medical experts. The content on the App is available in English and four regional languages such as Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati and Tamil.
Commenting on the relaunch of the TSTA app, Dr. Duru Shah, Chairperson, Metropolis Foundation said: “In continuance to our CSR efforts to promote Gender Equality, Quality Education and Good Health & Wellbeing, we are pleased to introduce the TSTA app in a new avatar with exciting and interesting features. The launch of the renewed version of the app intends to enhance the user experience by offering seamless navigation, faster load times and newer and engaging content.”
She further added, “The overarching goal of TSTA project is to drive a multi-year outreach program across schools and NGOs in India in order to maximize the reach of app, and also to create awareness on various issues around the adolescent phase, by engaging teenagers, parents and teachers.”
According to UNICEF, India has the largest adolescent population in the world (over 253 million), and every fifth person is between 10 to 19 years. Girls and boys have many questions during their growing up years. They resort to either internet or their friends for information. Besides, the internet is a barrage of inaccurate information and often they are misguided by incorrect notions.
Metropolis Foundation, through its app Too Shy to Ask, wishes not only to serve facts or resolve queries but also want to ensure that the younger population & their parents get access to the right information at any point of time.
In the financial year 2020-21, Metropolis Healthcare’s Too Shy to Ask was felicitated with the ‘Health Impact Awareness Campaign’ award and Excellence in Corporate Social Responsibility Award at the 4th CSR Impact Awards and 8th India CSR Award respectively.