Invest in Young People - It Pays
This year’s Women Deliver conference made a strong call for investing in the health and development of adolescents and young people. It highlighted the unique problems faced by adolescent girls and young women—some of the most vulnerable and neglected individuals in the world—and stressed the importance of addressing their needs and rights, not only for their individual benefit, but also to achieve global goals such as reducing maternal mortality and HIV infection.
In response to an invitation from the editors of Reproductive Health, we—the sixteen coauthors of this commentary—put together key themes that reverberated throughout the conference, on the health and development needs of adolescents and young people, and promising solutions to meet them. Read more in "Invest in Young People - It Pays."
Reproductive Health 2013, 10:51 doi:10.1186/1742-4755-10-51
Invest in adolescents and young people: it pays.
Chandra-Mouli V, Greifinger R, Nwosu A, Hainsworth G, Sundaram L, Hadi S, McConville F, Benevides R, Simon C, Patkar A, Schoening E, Sethi D, Boldosser-Boesch A, Awasthi P, Mathur A, Braeken D.
m4Youth: Providing Sexual and Reproductive Health Information to University Students and Peer Educators
Pathfinder is using m4youth, a free SMS service, to impact students’ knowledge of sexual and reproductive health, thereby increasing their utilization of services.
mCenas! - a comprehensive text message-based program that targeted youth aged 15-24 - has increased knowledge about contraceptive methods and dispel common myths around contraceptive methods.