Improving HIV Prevention for Youth through Youth Education at Schools and in the Community
With funding from the Johnson and Johnson Foundation, Pathfinder designed a life-skills based approach to address sexual and reproductive health issues for youth in Viet Nam using life-skills-based HIV education in schools and in the community.
Successful achievement of the project’s activities led to a significant increase in knowledge and improvement of skills for youth in HIV prevention and sexual and reproductive health and utilization of youth friendly sexual and reproductive health services. The end-of-project evaluation confirmed that the project effectively addresses the needs of young people through effective and attractive approaches, and that the model designed by the project has been institutionalized in schools and Youth Union in the targeted provinces. The donor recently approved funding of a scale up project in the province of Quang Ninh.
Successful implementation and positive results of this project led to the approval of new funding by the Johnson and Johnson Foundation for a scale up project in two schools and two districts in Quang Ninh. This project aims to arm participating youth with appropriate knowledge and skills to prevent HIV infections, to address their sexual and reproductive health needs, and to prevent sexually transmitted infections and unintended pregnancies through life skills based interventions in schools and communities. The project is expected to contribute to decreasing new HIV infections among youth in the Quang Ninh province.
Youths are deprived of information and services related to sexual or reproductive health. These issues are considered taboo due to social, cultural or religious norms in the developing and middle-income countries, speakers discussed on the third day of the International Conference on Family Planning, held at the Bali Nusa Dua Convention Centre in Indonesia.