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Task Sharing Family Planning Services to Increase Health Workforce Efficiency and Expand Access
Posted: Oct 11, 2019
Category: Family planning and rights

Task Sharing Family Planning Services to Increase Health Workforce Efficiency and Expand Access

Task sharing is defined as the systematic redistribution of family planning services, including counseling and provision of contraceptive methods, to expand the range of health workers who can deliver services (WHO, 2017). Task sharing is a safe, effective, and efficient means to improve access to voluntary sexual and reproductive health services and reach national family planning (FP) goals.

This document is intended to lead program managers, planners, and policymakers through a strategic process to determine if and how task sharing family planning (FP) services can be used to help achieve development goals.

The impact of evidence-based family planning interventions or High Impact Practices (HIPs) is bolstered when responsibilities for delivering high-quality contraceptive services are optimally shared and distributed across different types of family planning service providers within the health system.

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Youth Clubs, Girls’ Empowerment  and Gender Equality
Posted: Jan 24, 2019
Category: Sexual and reproductive health

Youth Clubs, Girls’ Empowerment and Gender Equality

This brief presents findings from four organizations that are implementing and researching youth clubs as a tool for girls’ empowerment and gender equality. All are doing so with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation under the Women and Girls at the Center of Development (WGCD) Grand Challenge. The lessons derived from their ongoing monitoring, evaluation and research are framed here to address gaps in evidence identified in Girls’ clubs, life skills programmes and girls’ well-being outcomes, a rigorous review of evidence from over forty clubs, primarily single-sex, conducted by the Overseas Development Institute’s Gender and Adolescence: Global Evidence (GAGE) initiative. These preliminary findings can help to frame future research questions to increase the evidence base on effective club models.

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Increasing adoption of and adherence to effective HIV prevention among high-risk adolescent girls and young women
Posted: Sep 19, 2018
Category: Women and girls Health

Increasing adoption of and adherence to effective HIV prevention among high-risk adolescent girls and young women

Qualitative Research Findings – August 2018

A brief update on the work being done by the Breaking the Cycle study to better understand and reach young people in South Africa with HIV testing, prevention and treatment. The presentation that you can download below, provides further insights on the following topics:

Prevention from an AGYW Perspective

  • AGYW view HIV prevention in the context of broader sexual health and relationship management goals, not as a separate journey or priority.
  • Messages associated with test and treat frame prevention as reactive.
  • Effective HIV treatment could reduce perceived importance of HIV prevention.
  • Preferences for prevention methods are not static.

Risk, Reward and Self-Control

  • AGYW process risk and rewards as feelings, not cognitive assessments.
  • Risk comes in transitory blips. Rewards of high-risk behaviour are ongoing.
  • A negative HIV test result can reinforce high-risk behaviour by sending the message that the current approach is working.
  • Prevention messaging needs to maintain a risk-reward balance.
  • Early and continuous engagement is required to strengthen self-control among AGYW, including the ability to cope with downsides of different methods.

Influencers

  • Negative views of AGYW and lack of empathy inhibit the effectiveness of positively-intentioned influencers.
  • The desire among AGYW for a feeling of safety can be leveraged by protectors to help AGYW forward or hold them back from healthy sexual practices.
  • A social support network to enable prevention practices is critical but often missing.
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She knows best: Engaging girls in adolescent programming
Posted: Apr 20, 2018
Category: Health and rights

She knows best: Engaging girls in adolescent programming

With the support of the David & Lucile Packard Foundation, the International Rescue Committee piloted a new approach to increase access to sexual and reproductive health (SRH) care for adolescents in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo. The report “She knows best: Engaging girls in adolescent programming” highlights the strategy developed to address foundational facility and community-level barriers that prevent adolescents from accessing and receiving quality SRH services.

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