Meeting the Reproductive Health Needs of Youth Living with HIV in Tanzania: A Qualitative Study
The Pathfinding Fund is supporting several studies on innovative Pathfinder approaches in Tanzania, Ethiopia, and Mozambique. In October 2011, Pathfinder published a working paper entitled “Meeting the Reproductive Health Needs of Youth Living with HIV in Tanzania: A qualitative study exploring the experiences and perceptions of young home based care clients, their caregivers, and care providers.” The report highlighted the difficulty that adolescent HBC clients have in discussing sex, their need for accurate information about sexuality, and the importance of tailoring services adolescents with HIV based on their age and experience. It was presented in Tanzania in November and two manuscripts are being developed based on the study.
With increased access to HIV treatment throughout Africa, a generation of HIV positive children is now transitioning to adulthood while living with a chronic condition requiring lifelong medication, which can amplify the anxieties of adolescence.
Using Community Scorecards, this project empowered citizens in Tanzania to improve the quality of their own reproductive health services.
This project sought to improve, scale up, and institutionalize HIV and AIDS prevention and youth-friendly sexual and reproductive health services. Institutional capacity building was a key component of the project.
“Globally, this marginalized population of young women has unique needs and rights that need to be addressed and acknowledged,” said Callie Simon, a technical advisor for adolescent sexual and reproductive health with Pathfinder International. “Married adolescent girls have so little power and decision-making over their bodies, over their choices, [and] over their lives."
With funding from the Tides Foundation, Pathfinder's Money Well Spent project encourages districts to fund family planning and reproductive health services.