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Adolescents & Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health Workshop: Bago

The adolescents and youth sexual and reproductive health workshops in Bago Region were held in two separate three-day events from October 22 to 24, 2017 in Bago, and December 4 to 6, 2017 in Pyay. Over 200 township representatives such as TMOs, THOs, THNs, MWs, AMWs from 14 townships from eastern Bago and 14 townships from western Bago, as well as 70 youth representatives from both areas, participated in the discussions. The aim of the workshops was to raise awareness towards AYSRH among basic health staff (BHS), identify bottlenecks hampering AYSRH, and strategies to overcome them. The workshops also aimed to engage youth in discussions and incorporate their voices in developing township level action plans. The events were endorsed by the Maternal and Reproductive Health Division of the Ministry of Health and Sports (MOHS), with financial support from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.

The workshop consisted of 2 parts: youth discussions and township health system analyses. The first day was designated as “youth day” in which local adolescent and youth discussed their views about barriers to AYSRH and how to improve access to services in their townships. The second day consisted of discussions and presentations from local and international experts to learn from their experiences, and group break-out sessions with township teams and selected youth representatives to identify bottlenecks and causes in the provision of AYSRH services and access. On the third day, the participants tackled strategy development and action planning to overcome identified obstacles.

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