Bringing Youth-Friendly Services to Scale in Ethiopia
Stigma, service costs, and provider bias pose formidable barriers to Ethiopian young people's ability to access sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services. To address these barriers, in 2005 Pathfinder International and the Ethiopian Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) partnered to introduce and scale up youth-friendly services (YFS) in the Ethiopian public health system. YFS, an evidence-based approach to reducing barriers to service uptake among young people lay the foundation for Ethiopia's health system to meet the SRH needs and rights of the country's largely underserved adolescent and youth population. This technical brief analyzes the scale-up efforts to date.
Substantial numbers of adolescents experience the negative health consequences of early, unprotected sexual activity as well as its social and economic costs.
This Fall 2013 edition of Pathways explores Pathfinder's work with adolescents and youth, and in particular, providing those young people with choices when it comes to their contraception methods, their bodies, and their futures.