West Africa Adolescent and Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health Program
Pathfinder is laying the groundwork to address the great need for contraception and sexual and reproductive health services in francophone West Africa, a region that has some of the lowest contraceptive prevalence rates and highest maternal mortality in Africa.
In Niger, many girls are forced to leave their families’ homes and abandon their hopes of an education. They are rendered virtually powerless. These girls have been invisible for far too long, suffering in silence or dying because they became pregnant too young. We want them to know: we see you. You have rights.” — Dr. Sani Aliou, Country Representative, Pathfinder Niger
Niger has the highest rate of child marriage in the world. Three in every four girls is married off before she turns 18. Sixty-three percent of Guinean girls are married before they turn 18; in Burkina Faso, it’s 48 percent. (Source: UNICEF)
With funding from the John D. Templeton Foundation, Pathfinding Fund, Weyerhaeuser Family Foundation, and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Pathfinder is implementing a scalable, evidence-based model focusing on promotion of sexual and reproductive health among young married women and their partners in Guinea, Burkina Faso, and Niger.
In Burkina Faso, Pathfinder supports community groups in allowing young women to develop a social network and support system, and offer an opportunity for them to receive information about contraception services and healthy timing and spacing of pregnancies.
Using effective strategies from our work in India and Uganda, Pathfinder works with the Ministries of Health in Burkina Faso, Guinea, and Niger to support their efforts to develop strategies for adolescent reproductive health. Subawards are being prepared for local partner organizations to implement community-level activities in both countries.
Today, half the world’s population is under 25. This issue of Pathways explores how young mothers like Dorothy are exercising their sexual and reproductive rights—and taking control of their future.
Providing Reproductive Health Services to Young Married Women and First-time Parents in West Africa: A Supplemental Training Module for Facility-based Health Care Providers
Young married women and first-time parents (FTPs) face a unique set of challenges to living healthy sexual and reproductive lives. This training aims to give health care providers the knowledge and skills they need to meet the needs of these groups. This training is designed for use in francophone West Africa, where a significant proportion of adolescent girls aged 15–19 and young women aged 20–24 are married or living in union, but it can easily be adapted for other settings.
Providing Reproductive Health Services to Young Married Women and First-time Parents in West Africa: A Supplemental Training Module for Community Workers Conducting Home Visits
This training aims to give community health workers conducting home visits to young married women and first-time parents (FTPs) the knowledge and skills needed to promote the sexual and reproductive health and rights of these groups. This training is designed for use in francophone West Africa, where a significant proportion of adolescent girls aged 15–19 and young women aged 20–24 are married or living in union, but it can easily be adapted for other settings.
Small Group Facilitation for Young Married Women and First-time Parents in West Africa: A Supplemental Training Module for Facilitators
This training aims to impart the skills needed for peers to facilitate small groups of young married women and first-time parents (FTPs), which can reduce these young women’s social isolation and increase knowledge of sexual and reproductive health. This training is designed for use in francophone West Africa, where a significant proportion of adolescent girls aged 15–19 and young women aged 20–24 are married or living in union, but it can easily be adapted for other settings.
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.
Initiative de Mobilisation pour L’accès à la Contraception pour Tous (IMPACT) is a four-year project funded by the Gates Foundation that will strengthen service delivery to support healthy timing and spacing of pregnancies in Niger.
Pathfinder International is launching a new reproductive health program that will focus on intensive outreach to first-time parents, building their knowledge and capacity to manage their own fertility and family health.
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.
Les Délégués des neuf pays du Partenariat de Ouagadougou, les représentants de la société civile, les partenaires techniques et financiers réunis du 9 au 11 Décembre 2015 à Cotonou au Bénin dans le cadre de la 4ème réunion annuelle, ont clôturé leurs travaux, vendredi dernier avec beaucoup d'espoirs et de détermination à accélérer la PF en 2016-2020.