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.
PAST PROJECT: Using Community Scorecards, this project empowered citizens in Tanzania to improve the quality of their own reproductive health services.
PAST PROJECT: This project worked 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.
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.
Sometimes, delivering mixed messages is a good thing, as an integrated project in the Lake Tanganyika region has proved.