The programme is about Health Workers looking at their involvement in dealing with teenage clients. It is also about examining the quality of care and services provided to adolescent and youth clients, whether they need help with family planning (FP), testing for HIV or STIs, pregnancy or post-delivery care or any other sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services. It is about Health Workers exploring some of the reasons for the frequently reported poor quality of services provided to teenage clients and then identifying solutions to improve the situation and quality of care they provide. It is also about teens reflecting upon their needs within the context of rights and responsibilities, as well as identifying actions that they, too, can take.
Adolescent girls have become a key target population for empowerment, health, and development initiatives in low- and middle-income countries. Building Girls’ Protective Assets: A Collection of Tools for Program Design is intended for organizations that are committed to extending their programs to reach excluded subpopulations of girls and young women—whether they are the poorest girls in the poorest communities, the 10–14-year-old girls who are out of school and not living with either parent, or another subpopulation of young girls that is likely to miss out.
The collection contains tools and exercises to help programmers translate evidence on “what works” into girl-centered programming. The resources in this collection focus on programs that have been effective—through empowerment and the building of protective assets—in reducing girls’ risks and broadening their opportunities.
The tools and exercises in this collection will help program staff:
• assess and adjust current target groups and establish new target groups to ensure they are reaching those most in need of protective assets;
• adapt program materials to respond to the reality of girls’ lives; and
• monitor and evaluate to measure effects and adjust activities to increase impact.
Advancing sexual and reproductive health and rights of young women at risk of HIV
Current approaches to HIV prevention typically target people who are identiﬁed as, or self-identify, with being at risk. In Africa, 74% of new HIV infections are among adolescent girls aged 15–19 years, and AIDS-related illnesses are the leading cause of death among adolescent girls and women of reproductive age.1 Hundreds of millions of dollars spent on developing and testing biomedical interventions to prevent HIV in women have not succeeded in reducing HIV incidence.Download pdf (124 downloads)
Migori County — In some parts of the world, the proverbial “glass ceiling” is shattering. As Theresa May and, most likely, Hillary Clinton join Angela Merkel at the leadership of three major world powers, women’s leadership in politics is on the ascent.
Unfortunately, improvements in political representation has not been accompanied by improvements in the material conditions of ordinary women’s lives.