by Rita Nehme and Nathaly Spilotros
International Rescue Committee (IRC), 2018
Young people, particularly girls, encounter significant barriers to accessing quality health care, including provider bias, age restrictions or stigmatization when seeking services, and concerns about confidentiality. Unprotected and early sex, early pregnancies, and STIs increase and childbearing risks are compounded. The IRC’s multi-pronged approach aims to address foundational facility and community-level barriers that prevent adolescents from accessing, using and receiving quality sexual and reproductive health (SRH) care. It also introduces a participatory framework to meaningfully integrate their participation in all aspects of the program cycle.