Certification Strategies for the School-Based Program Geracao Biz
Pathfinder has been implementing the Geração Biz Program, a multi-sectorial program for the promotion of sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and HIV and AIDS prevention among adolescents and youth, for more than a decade with the support of several donors.
It is implemented in cooperation with the Ministry of Education and Culture, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Youth and Sports, and civil society organizations and youth associations. The project aims to reduce the vulnerability of adolescents and youth to reduce illnesses through the promotion of SRH information (including HIV prevention), the adoption of skills to enable a safe transition to adulthood, and the delivery of quality clinical services.
Two years ago, Geração Biz was identified as a national model program. As a result, the project was included as part of the Five-Year Plan of the Mozambican Government (2010-2014) as the guideline for standardization of actions in SRH and HIV prevention with adolescents across the country. Its implementation takes place at different levels (central, provincial, and district), with the technical, programmatic, and financial support of UNFPA, Pathfinder, and bilateral cooperation agencies (DANIDA, NORAD, and Sida). Geração Biz has implemented three main strategies focused on integrating its own sustainability with the government's strategy: improvement of management systems; promotion, institutionalization, and sustainability of the program at different governmental levels; and the involvement of social and political support networks.
In 2012, Geração Biz will be funded through an allocation by the Mozambican Government, split across three ministries at the central and provincial levels. UNFPA is also expected to provide additional funds. This model is used by many other country programs for information sharing opportunities, and is being replicated in South Africa. Additionally, the project was selected by FHI as a good practice case study in 2011 for HIV programming for young people.
This case study describes how the Government of Mozambique has scaled up its successful youth HIV prevention and sexual and reproductive health program to a national level with support from UNFPA and technical guidance from Pathfinder International.
Improving Female Recruitment, Participation, and Retention Among Peer Educators in the Gercao BIZ Program in Mozambique
In response to the under-representation of female peer educators in the Geracao BIZ Program (GBP), an adolescent sexual and reproductive health program in Mozambique, a research study was used to test new strategies for improving recruitment.
The experience of Pathfinder International and the Foundation for Community Development in Inhambane Province, Mozambique.
Pathfindings Number 3: Improving Female Recruitment, Participation, and Retention Among Female Peer Educators in Mozambique
Discusses findings from operations research conducted at the Geracao BIZ Program by Pathfinder/Mozambique, on the challenges of building an equitable adolescent peer educator program that encourages female participation, equal recognition, and involvement.
The Pathfinding Fund is supporting studies on innovative Pathfinder approaches in Mozambique; Pathfinder has been working closely with country staff to develop the CHW study and anticipates having results by the end of 2012.
Pathfinder reduced violence against women (VAW) by establishing networks and building on government capacity and civil society responses. This project increased access to health, social, and legal services for women and girls.
Evidence to Action for Strengthened Family Planning and Reproductive Health Services for Women and Girls (E2A)
The Evidence to Action Project (E2A) is USAID’s global flagship for strengthening family planning and reproductive health service delivery.
At last week’s National Youth Development Consultative Forum in Ethiopia, youth were the priority.
While a complex set of factors contribute to sexual and reproductive health problems among adolescents, these problems are exacerbated by the lack of youth-friendly health services and accurate information on safe sex and contraceptive use, says the International Women's Health Coalition.