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  1. Ensuring youth’s right to participation and promotion of youth leadership in the development of sexual and reproductive health policies and programs

    The purpose of this article was to reflect on the concepts of adolescence and youth, summarize models and frameworks developed to conceptualize youth participation, and assess research that has attempted to evaluate the implementation and impact of youth participation in the field of sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR).The authors searched and critically reviewed relevant published reports and “gray literature” from the period 2000–2013. …

  2. Youth participation in HIV and sexual and reproductive health decision-making, policies, programmes: perspectives from the field

    The purpose of this article was to present the current state of evidence and experience of youth participation approaches in HIV and sexual and reproductive health decision-making, policies and programmes. By combining a literature review of evaluation evidence with in-depth interviews and a global survey targeting young people with the experience of participation, this study opens a new window into the support needs for meaningful youth participation globally. …

  3. Respecting, protecting, and fulfilling our sexual and reproductive health and rights. A toolkit for young leaders

    The purpose of this toolkit is to provide you with information and guidance in order to become a impactful, expert young leader for SRHR. Whether you have been involved in the field of SRHR for years or are brand new, this toolkit highlights important aspects of SRHR and provides numerous additional resources to build your knowledge and capacity to take action. Divided into four major sections, each builds upon the previous: Section 1: Appreciating Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights. …

  4. Adolescent and youth situation analysis Lao People’s Democratic Republic: "Investing in young people is investing in the future"

    This AYSA report focuses on young people aged 10-24 years. It was carried out in order to better understand the lives of young people in Lao PDR and the factors that are affecting them, both positively and negatively, with the aim of identifying priority areas for action that would improve their lives and contribute to the social and economic development of the country, now and in the future.

  5. Our time to be heard: stories giving voice to young people and their experience of HIV

    This publication is a collection of stories about young people living with HIV written by citizen journalists from the Key Correspondents network. The authors hope that they bring the experiences, thoughts and reflections of young people to the growing global debates on adolescent health and HIV. Key Correspondents is a network of citizen journalists around the world writing on HIV, health and human rights, helping get the voices of those most affected into global debates.

  6. Twenty years after International Conference on Population and Development: Where are we with adolescent sexual and reproductive health and rights?

    The International Conference on Population and Development in Cairo in 1994 laid out a bold, clear, and comprehensive definition of reproductive health and called for nations to meet the educational and service needs of adolescents to enable them to deal in a positive and responsible way with their sexuality. …

  7. Youth data collection in DHS surveys: An overview

    International development assistance programs are placing an increasing emphasis on youth. As a result, there is growing demand for information about youth for planning, monitoring, and assessing youth initiatives. This paper reviews the contribution that The Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) Program is currently making to address the data needs of youth programs. The paper then considers constraints and challenges as well as potential opportunities within The DHS Program for responding to the expanding demand for data on youth.

  8. Love, sexual rights and young people: Learning from our peer educators how to be a youth-centred organisation

    This report examines the findings of an external assessment of the A+ programme, an innovative IPPF youth-led programme funded by Danida. The A+ programme was implemented by IPPF’s Member Associations in 16 countries across Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia and Central America. Its overriding goal was to increase access to sexual and reproductive health services and comprehensive sexuality education for young people, and to promote their sexual and reproductive health and rights. …

  9. Southern and Eastern Africa Youth Conference on HIV and AIDS and Reproductive Health Rights for Sustainable Development (SEYCOHAIDS) 2012 - Consensus statement and conference road map

    This document is a statement made by the delegates attending the Southern and Eastern Africa Youth Conference on HIV and AIDS and Reproductive Health Rights for Sustainable Development (SEYCOHAIDS) 2012, held in Lilongwe, at the Crossroads Hotel, Malawi, from 6th to 8th November 2012, on the theme: Building Capacity for AIDS and Sexual Reproductive Health Rights through Science, Technology and Best Practices.

  10. National plan of action for scaling up SRH and HIV prevention initiatives for young people

    This plan provides a framework for improving the sexual reproductive health of young people, and protecting them from HIV. The plan consists of five sections: background, policy and programming, goals and guiding principles, institutional framework and monitoring and evaluation. A detailed list of likely activities and budgets is proposed. The overall goal of the National Plan of Action is improved sexual and reproductive health and prevention of new HIV infections among young people aged 10-24 in Malawi. The plan is organized around six strategic objectives. …

  11. Youth-led organizations and SRHR: a step by step guide to creating sustainable youth-led organizations working on sexual and reproductive health and rights

    This is a step-by-step guide to creating a sustainable youth-led organization on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). This guide intends to: Provide steps that you can take while building a sustainable youth-led SRHR organization; Examine key lessons learned related to ensuring the sustainability of youth-led SRHR organizations and delineate challenges and strategies to overcome them; Highlight a few additional resources for young people interested in creating, maintaining or strengthening youth-led SRHR organizations.

  12. National standards and implementation guide for youth friendly health services

    In order to ensure quality services for the youth, the National STIs and HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control Program, Department of Public Health, Ministry of Health in collaboration with Reproductive Health Program and the Comprehensive School Health program has developed National Standards for Youth Friendly Health Services and implementation guide that will enable all health workers to mainstream youth friendly services in our delivery system. …

  13. Assessment report of the national response to young people's sexual and reproductive health in Nigeria

    In 2008, the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) in collaboration with Action Health Incorporated (AHI) commissioned an assessment of the national response to young people sexual and reproductive health in Nigeria. The assessment was conducted in two phases; a desk review and a field assessment. The findings from the desk review guided the design and conduct of the field assessment in six states (one per geopolitical zone) and FCT. The overall goal of the assessment was to optimize the health and development of young people in Nigeria. …

  14. The economic returns to investing in youth in developing countries: a review of the literature

    This discussion series is produced by the Health, Nutrition, and Population Family (HNP) of the World Bank's Human Development Network. The series provides a vehicle for publishing preliminary and unpolished result of HNP topics to encourage discussion and debate. This review finds evidence that the effect of many investments on youth differ significantly by income and gender and also by counry context.

  15. Involving young people in reproductive health programs

    This issues answer to the questions of "Why is it helpful to involve young people in their own reproductive health programmes?", "In what ways can young people become involved?", "Is there evidence that youth involvement improves programmes or results in better outcomes?", "What are the obstacles and challenges to involving youth?"

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