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Understanding Adolescent and Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health-seeking Behaviors in Ethiopia: Implications for Youth Friendly Service Programming

To meet the unique sexual and reproductive health needs of its large adolescent and youth population, Ethiopia’s government has expanded and institutionalized youth-friendly services (YFS) at all levels of the health system. To help inform and improve these efforts, the Evidence Project, in collaboration with USAID/Ethiopia and the Ethiopian Federal Ministry of Health, conducted a study on adolescents’ and young people’s use of and opinions on YFS.

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Married Young Women and Girls’ Family Planning and Maternal Heath Preferences and Use in Ethiopia

Married young women and girls are the primary users of youth-centered sexual and reproductive health services in Ethiopia and, given the health risks associated with early and closely-spaced pregnancies, represent an especially important population to reach with SRH services. This brief looks specifically at the needs and preferences for family planning and reproductive health services among married young women and girls, with recommendations for how to more effectively ensure that they have access to those services.

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Testing a Service-Delivery Model for Offering Long-Acting Reversible Contraceptive Methods to Youth in Ethiopia

To help address the unmet demand for contraception among Ethiopian youth, E2A, in collaboration with the Integrated Family Health Program Plus (IFHP+), tested a model that strengthened family planning service delivery at youth-friendly service sites by readying the sites to provide adolescents and youth full contraceptive choice including long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs). The study was implemented at 10 intervention and 10 non-equivalent comparison study sites in Amhara and Tigray regions. The model tested was:

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Strengthening Youth Friendly Health Services through Expanding Method Choice to include Long-Acting Reversible Contraceptives for Ethiopian Youth

Despite robust evidence regarding long-acting reversible contraceptive (LARC) low failure rates, immediate return to fertility and safety, LARC uptake among youth is low. We evaluated the effect on contraceptive uptake of training youth-friendly service providers to counsel and provide all contraceptive methods including LARCs in the same unit. A convenience purposive sampling technique was used to select 20 youth friendly health units; ten each in Amhara and Tigray regions, Ethiopia; randomly allocated to the intervention (five) and non-intervention (five) arms.

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Policy Brief: Using Data to Target and Scale-Up Girls’ Support Programs and Child Marriage Prevention

Of the women in the world today, approximately 250,000,000 were married before the age of 15, and another approximately 450,000,000 were married between the ages of 15 and 18 (United Nations Children’s Fund 2014). Though child marriage is declining globally, it is estimated that over 100 million girls under age 18 will be married in the next decade (UNICEF 2015). Risk for child marriage varies, even within a country, with risk factors including things such as poverty, ethnic group, and rural residency.

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Kilifi Teenage Pregnancy Report

The research investigated the root causes, experiences and policy and related responses to the problem of teenage pregnancies in Kilifi County. Teenage pregnancies affect one in every four girls within the county making it the worst county in Kenya. This report has helped increase county decision makers’ appreciation of the magnitude of teenage pregnancies in Kenya’s Coastal region. It also convinced the Supreme Council of Kenya Muslims to accept family planning.

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