C’est la vie! Phase II Sexual and Reproductive Health of Adolescents and Young People in West Africa
In West Africa, health care and services are not adapted to the needs of young adults.
Contraception is not available, access to free healthcare is limited, there are no prevention programmes and legislation is restrictive when it comes to screening minors.
Statistics show that 28% of women aged between 20 and 24 have already given birth before the age of 18, that 60% of children are already wives, with 4 out of 10 girls married before the age of 18, and that one girl in four who has been married has suffered physical, emotional or sexual violence. In addition, the region has the highest fertility rate in the world, with 129 births per 1,000 young women aged between 15 and 19, and the lowest use of modern contraception, with only 16% of all women using contraception.
In public and community health systems, sexual and reproductive health and rights are insufficiently addressed, especially for adolescents and young people, particularly young women. This includes access to safe information, quality SRHR services and products at all times and in all places, and the participation of young people, particularly young women, in governance bodies on SRHR issues.
Key project information :
|Project duration||February 2023 – June 2026|
|Partners||RAES, Equipop, AIBBEF, OSC du Ratanga Club, Alliance Droits et Santé, UCPO|
178 health providers and community workers
4 focal points per country, 80 community leaders from the project’s 16 partner CSOs
16 CSO partner managers
|Source of funding||AFD|
|Countries of intervention||Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Niger, Senegal|
General objective :
To support the adoption of safer behaviours that are more respectful of SRHR and gender by adolescents and young people, particularly girls and young women aged 15 to 35, by strengthening their ability to make choices and take action for fair and equal access to SRH services and products in Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Niger and Senegal.
More specifically :
- Empowerment of girls and young women in order to reconfigure power relations between men and women and create the conditions for fair and equal access to SRH services.
- Improving the quality of fixed and mobile SRH services in the project’s areas of intervention so that they are tailored to the specific needs of adolescents and young people, particularly girls and young women.
Expected results :
- OS1R1: The capacities or skills of adolescents and young people, in particular young girls and young women, to make choices and take action on their sexual and reproductive health are strengthened through improved knowledge and decision-making skills.
- SO1R2: Adolescents and young people, in particular girls and young women, know their rights, are present and participate in governance bodies relating to SRHR issues.
- SO2R1: The knowledge and skills of healthcare providers (health district staff, healthcare workers in health facilities, community health workers) in terms of SRHR and gender are strengthened, improved and adapted to the specific needs of adolescents and young people, particularly girls and young women.
- SO2R2: The targeted health facilities have improved their SRH services for adolescents and young people, particularly girls and young women, by strengthening the framework for care and implementing a youth approach.
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