New research published today shows that there are number of interventions which can help to improve health outcomes in young people (ages 10-24), but there is no single action or intervention which can work for all young people, to address all of their needs. While several high-quality interventions were found, they may only be applicable in specific settings for specific outcomes. More evidence is needed to show whether these interventions can apply to other settings or help to improve additional sexual and reproductive health outcomes for young people.
Most sexually active adolescents in sub-Saharan Africa are not using modern methods of contraception. While long-acting reversible contraceptive methods (LARCs) – such as the intrauterine device (IUD) and the implant – are highly effective, convenient and cost-effective, their uptake among young women is low.
The Urban Adolescent Social and Behavior Change Communication Implementation Kit (I-Kit) provides a selection of Essential Elements and tools to guide the creation, or strengthening, of sexual and reproductive health (SRH) social and behavior change communication (SBCC) programs for urban adolescents aged 10 to 19. The I-Kit is designed to teach these essential SBCC elements and includes worksheets to illustrate each element and facilitate practical application.
Why does preventing adolescent pregnancy matter?
Adolescent pregnancy is a global public health and human rights concern. Each year in low- and middle-income countries, more than 7 million girls ages 18 or younger give birth; 2 million of these young mothers are under age 15. Childbearing is one of the leading causes of death among adolescent girls and can result in lasting physical, social, and economic harm to both the young mothers and their children.
Youth Health International (YHI)—a Cameroonian youth-led organization and FP2020 Rapid Response Mechanism grant recipient—recently held a seminar for stakeholders in the North West (NW) region where education and health government representatives, traditional and religious leaders, parents, and youths signed a declaration agreeing to “improve the SRH of adolescents in the NW Region, through the reduction of unwanted pregnancy and unsafe abortions by increasing contraceptive use by adolescents.” To learn more read the
The size of today’s youth population makes cultivating the health and well-being of young people a challenge of unprecedented magnitude and urgency. Sexual and reproductive health (SRH) is central to meeting this challenge. Complications in pregnancy and childbirth are the second leading killer of adolescent girls in developing countries. Moreover, while HIV-related deaths have fallen 35 percent since 2005, deaths among adolescents are on the rise (Office of the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, 2015).
Three infographics on family planning and youth in Tanzania shine a spotlight on three regions with critical need for policy and funding action: Geita, Katavi, and Simiyu. All of the infographics are available in English and Swahili.
More than one in four young women in Tanzania have already begun childbearing. PRB in collaboration with Advance Family Planning (AFP) and Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs (CCP) Tanzania, created an advocacy video to address the growing rate of teenage pregnancy in Tanzania. This video will be used to advocate for support for youth’s access to and use of family planning services at the national and subnational level.
A Message from FP2020's Executive Director: A Community United in the Face of Uncertainty