The year 2015 marks a defining moment for the health of women, children, and adolescents. It is the end point of the United Nations’ millennium development goals, and their transition to the sustainable development goals. It is also the 20th anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development’s plan of action and the Beijing Declaration and platform of action.
A new Population Council analysis finds a dearth of programs to address young people’s HIV risks in Tanzania. The Government of Tanzania and several organizations are using these findings to guide program design.
Girls married early are vulnerable to intimate partner violence, sexual coercion, and early childbearing. Beyond the immediate physical and mental health risks, girls who marry early are excluded from education and economic opportunities. These adverse consequences to their health, education, and livelihoods are immense and long-lasting.
This new brief focuses on the elements of AFCS that are typically implemented within a service delivery setting. It describes how mainstreaming AFCS can address key challenges for contraceptive programs, discusses the existing evidence of adolescent-friendly elements, outlines key issues for planning and implementation, and identifies knowledge gaps.
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in September 2015 marked the first time specific issues related to sexual and reproductive health rights (SRHR) were included in global development goals (specifically those related to health, education, and gender equality). While the adoption of the SDGs is an important step toward improving SRHR globally, determining what constitutes success toward these goals and their targets will be both complex and vital.
South Africa's contraception policy and guidelines are comprehensive and forward looking. Nevertheless, there are gaps that may leave adolescents vulnerable to discrimination and coercion and create barriers to accessing contraceptive services. The findings in this study provide insight for the revision and development of adolescent health policies in South Africa and other settings.
In November, FP2020 launched its third annual progress report,Commitment to Action 2014-2015, which details accomplishments over the three years since the 2012 London Summit on Family Planning, takes an honest look at where the partnership is falling short on its projections, and calls for increased efforts to accelerate progress. The report is also now available in French.
The Adolescent and Youth Scale-Up Resource List was created by the IBP AYSRH Task Team for practitioners in the AYSRH field to be able to quickly access the current research, publications, and tools related to the scale-up of AYSRH programs/interventions. The need for this resource list was identified in conversations with the AYSRH Task Team which has a membership of over 20 different governmental and non-governmental organizations working in the field of AYSRH.
In Senegal, school-based sexuality education has evolved over 20 years from family life education (FLE) pilot projects into cross-curricular subjects located within the national curriculum of primary and secondary schools. We conducted a literature review and semi-structured interviews to gather information regarding the scale and nature of FLE scale-up. Data were analysed using the ExpandNet/WHO framework, conceptualising scale-up from a systems perspective as composed of interrelated elements and strategic choices.
A lack of adequate guidance, facilities, and materials for girls to manage their menstruation in school is a neglected public health, social, and educational issue that requires prioritization, coordination, and investment . There are growing efforts from academia, the development sector, and beyond to understand and address the challenges facing menstruating schoolgirls in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC).