Mainstreaming Youth-friendly Sexual & Reproductive Health Services in the Public Sector in Mozambique & Tanzania

by Estrella Alcalde, Katia Amado, Claire Cole et al.
Pathfinder International, Technical Brief, May 2017

12 pp. 1.6 MB
http://www.pathfinder.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Mainstreaming-Youth-
friendly-SRH-Services-in-the-Public-Sector-in-MZ-TZ.pdf

Adolescents and youth (those between the ages of 10 and 24) often face social, cultural, economic, and structural barriers to accessing sexual and reproductive health information and services at a time when they need these services the most, making them vulnerable to poor health outcomes. Emerging global guidance suggests that, to reach youth in a sustainable and scalable way, youth-friendly services must be mainstreamed in the community and health systems. However, there is little evidence from project implementation about how to integrate youth-friendly services on a large scale. This technical brief explores how youth-friendly services were mainstreamed within public sector facilities and communities, examines project findings – including a significant shift in method mix towards long-acting reversible contraceptive (LARC) uptake – and offers recommendations for future youth-friendly services programming.

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