REACHING YOUNG PEOPLE
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Reaching adolescents and youth with the contraceptive information and services they need is a top FP2020 priority. As today’s girls grow into tomorrow’s women, it’s essential that they be able to take charge of their own reproductive lives and make their own decisions about whether and when to have children. FP2020 is working to advance the use of evidence to develop and implement adolescent-friendly services, and is committed to strengthening partnerships between young people and decision makers to shape more effective programs, policies, and advocacy.
Nearly every country commitment at the Summit included a focus on meeting the needs of adolescents and youth. And the commitments are clearer, more actionable, and more trackable than ever before:
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- Ethiopia committed to reducing the adolescent pregnancy rate from 12% to 3%; reducing unmet need for family planning among women aged 15–19 from 20% to 10% and among women aged 20–24 from 18% to 10%; and increasing the MCPR among women aged 15–19 from 32% to 40% and among women aged 20–24 from 38% to 43%.
- Mozambique committed to increasing the MCPR for all adolescents aged 15–19 from 14.1% to 19.3% by 2020, and for unmarried sexually active adolescents from 26.7% (as of 2011) to 50% by 2020.
- Malawi committed to reducing teenage pregnancies by 5% per year until 2030; the government also committed to implementing the latest WHO guidelines on youth contraceptives and to aligning national policies so as to allow greater access to family planning commodities by 2030.
With the largest generation of young people in history entering their reproductive years, the time is now to strengthen investment and action on adolescent contraception. Experts in adolescent sexual and reproductive health and rights have issued a call to the family planning sector to take five key steps:
- Move from a one-size-fits-all approach to one that is tailored to the needs of different groups of adolescents.
- Offer adolescents the full range of contraceptive choices—not just “condoms only.”
- Move away from separate reproductive health services for adolescents, and instead make existing health services more adolescent-friendly for counseling, information, and contraception.
- Work more actively with pharmacies and shops to expand contraceptive access and uptake, as the current focus on public health facilities alone omits the places where many adolescents obtain their contraceptives.
- Move from one-off in-service training for a handful of providers to a package of actions to ensure that all levels of health workers, including support staff, respond to adolescent clients effectively and with sensitivity.
As today’s girls grow into tomorrow’s women, it’s essential they be able to take charge of their own reproductive lives
The Summit also featured the announcement of three Global Goods to strengthen the family planning sector’s ability to meet the needs of young people:
GLOBAL GOOD: Youth Accountability Framework
Young people are key partners and stakeholders in family planning programs, and they have a critical role to play in holding governments and donors to account for their commitments. The Summit’s Youth Advisory Group—comprised of 15 youth representatives from FP2020 countries—developed an accountability framework to mobilize young people at the country level to advocate for the full implementation of the commitments made by their governments.
GLOBAL GOOD: Global Adolescent Data Statement
As governments and the global community increase their response to adolescent needs, we’ll require accurate data to inform policies and programs, measure progress, and ensure accountability at the country and global levels. Yet there are critical gaps in how data is gathered and reported that all too often leave adolescents invisible.5 The Global Adolescent Data Statement is a global pledge to collect, use, and disseminate age- and sex-disaggregated data.
GLOBAL GOOD: Partnership to Strengthen Country Capacity
To deliver on their commitments to prioritize adolescents, FP2020 countries need the technical capacity to support data-driven, actionable plans and evidence-based, scalable programs. A range of public and private donors are forming a new partnership that will amplify their investments and strengthen technical capacity across the adolescent and youth SRH programming continuum.
On International Youth Day in 2017, the FP2020 partnership welcomed the first-ever commitments from youth-led organizations:
- Alliance des Jeunes Ambassadeurs pour la Santé de la Reproduction et la Planification Familiale en Afrique de l’Ouest Francophone
- International Youth Alliance for Family Planning
- Organization of Africa Youth-Kenya
- Tanzania Youth and Adolescent Reproductive Health Coalition (TAYARH)
- Uganda Youth and Adolescents Health Forum (UYAHF)
These commitments outline the tangible steps young people are taking to bring rights-based family planning to communities around the world. They are also an expression of young people’s desire to be held accountable. Young people increasingly recognize that they too are part of the FP2020 partnership, and are eager to contribute to reaching their countries’ FP2020 goals.
FP2020 encourages the utilization of evidence to inform the community’s work on adolescents and youth. Focal point workshops include expert sessions and consultations to further the understanding of this evidence, resulting in action plans with a more robust technical focus on youth issues.
FP2020 has also launched a new web resource on Adolescents, Youth, and Family Planning. The website highlights the importance of engaging directly with young people and provides a wealth of resources on the best ways of reaching adolescents with programs and policies that meet their needs.
Mind the Gap: A commentary on data gaps and opportunities for action in meeting the contraceptive needs of adolescents http://ec2-54-210-230-186.compute-1.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/FP2020_Adolescent_Data_Commentary_FINAL-fix.pdf