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  1. Adolescent friendly health corners (AFHCS) in selected government health facilities in Bangladesh: an early qualitative assessment. Research report

    With high rates of early marriage, especially among girls, a significant proportion of adolescents in Bangladesh need sexual and reproductive health services (SRH), including contraceptive information and services. Married women, including married adolescents, currently have access to these services through public sector. Unmarried adolescents do not have access to SRH information and services through public sector facilities. …

  2. A voucher for health: enabling young people in Uganda to access quality sexual and reproductive health services

    Young people in Uganda have significant unmet sexual and reproductive health (SRH) needs. This is particularly the case for young people from key populations. The prevalence of HIV among sex workers of all ages is between 35% and 37%, five times higher than the general population. Sex workers also face other serious sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) issues, including high rates of unintended pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections (STIs). The situation for young lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people is also difficult. …

  3. Health promotion for sexual and reproductive health and HIV: strategic action plan, 2016 to 2019

    This strategic action plan sets out Public Health England’s (PHE) approach to improving the public’s sexual and reproductive health and reversing the HIV epidemic. PHE will use its expertise to enhance data and surveillance; to build on the evidence base for commissioning effective interventions; and to lead and support local, regional and national partners in the implementation of evidence-based public health interventions across the system.

  4. Mixed method evaluation of a passive mHealth sexual information texting service in Uganda

    The authors evaluate the impact of a health information intervention implemented through mobile phones, using a clustered randomized control trial augmented by qualitative interviews. The intervention aimed to improve sexual health knowledge and shift individuals towards safer sexual behavior by providing reliable information about sexual health. The novel technology designed by Google and Grameen Technology Center provided automated searches of an advice database on topics requested by users via SMS. It was offered by MTN Uganda at no cost to users.

  5. Assessing young unmarried men's access to reproductive health information and services in rural India

    The authors conducted a cross-sectional study using both qualitative and quantitative methods. Participants included 38 unmarried rural men in four focus-group discussions and a representative sample of 316 similarly profiled men, ages 17-22 years. Information was collected via survey on the men's socioeconomic characteristics; awareness, knowledge, and perceptions of family planning; attitudes toward future contraceptive use; intra-family communication; knowledge about STIs/HIV/AIDS; and access and use of condoms. …

  6. Strengthening linkages for sexual and reproductive health, HIV and AIDS: progress, barriers and opportunities

    Strengthening linkages for sexual and reproductive health, HIV and AIDS: progress, barriers and opportunities is a report produced by the Health Resource Centre on behalf of the the British Government's Department for International Development in 2006. This review explores the policy, financing and institutional factors that enable or constrain the integration of sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) programmes, with policy and programmes for HIV prevention, and AIDS treatment and care. …

  7. Sexually transmitted infections among adolescents: the need for adequate health services

    Produced by the World Health Organization, this paper reviews literature documenting the provision of services for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) to adolescents worldwide. Findings show that only a minority of adolescents have access to acceptable and affordable STI services. Projects emphasising general reproductive health, sexual health counselling or family planning are much more common than those that include STI care as a key objective.

  8. The role of reproductive health providers in preventing HIV

    This fact sheet "Issues in Brief : The Role of Reproductive Health Providers in Preventing HIV" has been produced in collaboration with the Alan Guttmacher Institute, UNAIDS, the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) and UNFPA. AIDS experts warn that the long-term success of global efforts to fight the pandemic will require the simultaneous expansion of prevention efforts alongside care and treatment. Reproductive health providers are poised to play an important role in reducing the incidence of new HIV infections. …

  9. Maternal health care among adolescents: pregnant adolescents need appropriate services to prevent death and disability

    Pregnant teenagers, who die twice as often during childbirth as women in their 20s, need appropriate services to prevent death and disability.

  10. Adding it up: the benefits of investing in sexual and reproductive health care

    The report, jointly published by the Alan Guttmacher Institute and UNFPA, reviews and evaluates current approaches to measuring the costs and benefits of investment in health services. It strongly makes the case that reproductive and sexual health programmes are dramatically underfunded, and that investments in this sector have a tremendous impact, both on the health and well-being of individuals and families, and on the economic health and development prospects of nations. …

  11. Adolescent sexual and reproductive health: a training manual for program managers

    As part of the CATALYST Consortium South-to-South programme, PROFAMILIA/Colombia and the Centre for Development and Population Activities (CEDPA) collaborated to produce a manual for managers of adolescent sexual and reproductive health programmes that builds on PROFAMILIA/Colombia experience in delivering adolescent sexual and reproductive health services and CEDPA's expertise in participatory methodologies and adult learning. …

  12. Adolescents, social support and help-seeking behavior : an international literature review and program consultation with recommendations for action

    The document is part of WHO project to identify and define evidence-based strategies for influencing adolescent help-seeking and identify research questions and activities to promote improved help-seeking behaviour by adolescents. The document presents the findings from an international review on the topic; results of programme consultation with 35 adolescent health programmes; results of six key informant interviews; and recommendations for action, including brief outline for developing a set of guidelines for the rapid assessment of social supports to promote the help-seeking of adolescents.

  13. Reaching the youngest adolescents with reproductive health programs and services

    An article focuses on the emerging needs in providing information and reproductive health services to youth aged 10-14, one of the underserved groups and most subject to abuse and coerced sex. Included also in the paper are suggestions on effective approaches to reach these younger adolescents.

  14. Transforming health systems: gender and rights in reproductive health. A training curriculum for Health Programme Managers

    A training resource for health trainers to use with health managers, planners, policy-makers and others with responsibilities in reproductive health. It is designed to equip participants with the analytical tools and skills to integrate the promotion of gender equity and reproductive rights into their reproductive health policies and programmes, and to effect positive changes within a health care system. …

  15. Youth-friendly services: a manual for service providers

    A training curriculum to strengthen the skills of health workers who provide reproductive health services to adolescent clients. The manual includes training activities that can be conducted with various levels of staff providing adolescent health services. Topics include the importance of working with youth, characteristics of youth-friendly services, youth sexual and reproductive health issues, service provider values about working with young people, gender roles, youth sexual and reproductive health issues, and communicating with young people.

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