15 to 19 years

The 15 to 19 years category age group category required by UNICEF Adolescent Health

Women and girl's rights in Sierra Leone: Let Us Know!

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Author: Olabisi Olu Garrick, February 23 2015 - Despite my fourteen years as a journalist, I didn’t always want to work in the media. I actually wanted to be a lawyer.

The ability to hold people to account and help people understand their legal rights always appealed to me. Little did I know that a chance meeting with a woman one sunny afternoon would change my life.

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International Technical Guidance on Sexuality Education: An Evidence-Informed Approach

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Revised Edition

Publication Date
January 10, 2018

"Countries are increasingly acknowledging the importance of equipping young people with the knowledge and skills to make responsible choices in their lives, particularly in a context where they have greater exposure to sexually explicit material through the Internet and other media."

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Increasing Access to Contraceptive Information and Services for First-Time Mothers in Shinyanga District, Tanzania

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Technical Brief

Author: 
Regina Benevides
Publication Date
April 1, 2017
Affiliation: 

Pathfinder

"This technical brief describes the E2A Project [Evidence to Action for Strengthened Family Planning (FP) and Reproductive Health Services for Women and Girls Project]’s interventions for first-time mothers in Shinyanga District (of Shinyanga Region), Tanzania, from July 2015 to September 2016. The interventions, implemented as part of Pathfinder International’s ongoing community-based family planning program in Shinyanga, drew on lessons learned from Pathfinder’s previous interventions for first-time parents in India, Uganda, and Burkina Faso. The interventions were designed to intervene at all levels of the socio-ecological model: individual, community, and structural."

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MIRA Channel Case Study by UNESCO-Pearson Initiative for Literacy

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Author: 
Nathan M. Castillo
Steven Vosloo
Publication Date
December 1, 2018
Affiliation: 

Section of Youth, Literacy and Skills Development, Education Sector, UNESCO

Launched in 2012 by the Indian organisation ZMQ Development, MIRA Channel is an integrated mobile phone service providing communication and information tools for maternal and child health care to rural women in low-resource settings. "The solution offers app-based modules referred to as ‘Channels’ related to a variety of topics, including ANC [antenatal consultations] and PPC, child immunization, family planning and adolescent health. The channels are intended to emulate television programming through audio recordings and multimedia content, to improve awareness and build knowledge on health issues, with a particular focus on mothers with low levels of literacy."

Source: 

Email from Hilmi Quraishi to The Communication Initiative on December 27 2017 and from Steven Vosloo on January 10 2018. UNESCO website, January 2 2018. Image credit: © ZMQ/Hilmi Quraishi

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Global Sexual and Reproductive Health Package for Men and Adolescent Boys

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Author: 
Tim Shand
Jameel Zamir
Arik V. Marcell
Stephanie Perlson
Publication Date
January 1, 2017
Affiliation: 

Promundo (Shand), International Planned Parenthood Federation - IPPF (Zamir), Johns Hopkins University (Marcell), Greeneworks (Perlson)

"The Global Sexual and Reproductive Health Service Package... aims to increase the range and quality of sexual and reproductive services provided that meet the specific and diverse needs of men and adolescents boys."

This service package for providers of sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services from the International Planned Parenthood Federation and the United Nations Population Fund "takes a positive approach to SRH, seeing this not just as the absence of disease, but the positive expression of one's gender, sex and sexuality. In doing so, this service package contributes to efforts to ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) as prioritized in the Sustainable Development Goals."

Source: 

UNFPA website, December 26 2017.

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No More 'Harmful Traditional Practices': Working Effectively With Faith Leaders

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Author: 
Elisabet le Roux
Brenda Bartelink
Publication Date
October 1, 2017
Affiliation: 

Stellenbosch University (le Roux), University of Groningen (Bartelink)

"[T]his study represents a novel and timely consideration of the role of faith in the perpetuation and/or discontinuation of HTPs [harmful traditional practices], with important lessons for policy makers and development practitioners."

From the Joint Learning Initiative (JLI) on Faith and Local Communities, this synthesis report describes the UK-Government Department for International Development (DfID)-funded project, in part, through Tearfund: 'Working effectively with faith leaders to challenge harmful traditional practices'.

The study included:

Source: 

JLI website, December 26 2017.

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Understanding Adolescent and Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health-seeking Behaviors in Ethiopia: Implications for Youth Friendly Service Programming

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Author: 
Aparna Jain
Hussein Ismail
Elizabeth Tobey
Annabel Erulkar
Publication Date
October 4, 2017
Affiliation: 

Population Council

"Acknowledging the need for targeted health services for adolescents and youth, the Ethiopian Government has scaled-up and institutionalized youth friendly services (YFS) through intensive capacity building at all levels of the health system...."

This Population Council collaboration with USAID/Ethiopia and the Ethiopian Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) is a study "aimed to generate evidence on current use and perspectives of YFS and to inform the FMOH in its future sexual and reproductive health (SRH) programming for young people. The study data came from a cross-sectional quantitative survey implemented between January and July of 2016, including 3,611 females and males aged 12–24 years living in rural and periurban areas of Amhara, Oromia, Tigray, SNNP, and Benishangul-Gumuz regions” in which 271 YFS sites were selected  including: health centres, hospitals, universities, and youth centres.

Source: 

The Evidence Project website, December 21 2017.

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A novel approach to maternal health in Nigeria

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Author: Producer Trainer for BBC Media Action in Nigeria Akile Gojo, originally posted December 5 2017 - Earlier this year, after a day of training producers at one of our partner radio stations in Gombe state, I was eating dinner in a nearby restaurant. In the background, a radio was playing, and, as I sat there, I realised that all the women - and some men as well - were listening intently to a novel being read aloud on air.

I knew listening to romance novels on the radio - especially those written by local authors - has been growing in popularity with women and girls in Northern Nigeria. They often go to the market to buy copies of their favourites to read again at home with family.

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Urban Adolescent SRH SBCC I-Kit Pilot Qualitative Research & Case Study Report

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Publication Date
September 1, 2017

In 2015, the Health Communication Capacity Collaborative (HC3) project developed the Urban Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health Social and Behavior Change Communications Implementation Kit (I-Kit) to help guide the creation, or strengthening, of sexual and reproductive health (SRH) social and social and behaviour change communication (SBCC) programmes for urban adolescents aged 10 to 19. (See Related Summaries, below.) In 2016, HC3 worked with 5 pilot partner (PP) organisations throughout Benin, Madagascar, and Kenya to pilot the I-Kit and see how each organisation applied the Urban Adolescent SRH SBCC I-Kit to its work. This post-project qualitative study was designed to capture PPs' experiences and perceived SBCC capacity strengthening.

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HC3 website, December 7 2017. Image credit: Mpanazava Eto Madagasikara and Projet Jeune Leader at an I-Kit pilot experience-sharing workshop with HC3 in Madagascar. © 2016, Mohamad Sy-Ar

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Understanding and Tackling the Gendered Drivers of Poor Adolescent Mental Health

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Author: 
Chisina Kapungu
Suzanne Petroni
Publication Date
June 1, 2017

"We hypothesize that rigid social norms and gender-based discrimination limit the perceived control that both girls and boys have over their own lives and futures, and that this perceived lack of control can have deleterious effects on their mental health and overall well-being."

Source: 

ICRW website, December 6 2017. Image credit: Ashley Binetti

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