Advancing Adolescent and Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health in Bangladesh

Bangladesh’s adolescent and youth population—one of the largest and fastest-growing in the world—has urgent and varied needs for family planning services and sexual and reproductive health care. Yet a strong tradition of early marriage and childbearing, set against a backdrop of conservative social and gender norms, means adolescent and youth sexual and reproductive health and rights have historically been overlooked in national family planning programs.

The USAID-funded, Pathfinder-led Accelerating Universal Access to Family Planning Project, popularly known as Shukhi Jibon, is working to change this. This publication highlights Shukhi Jibon’s multi-pronged approach to advancing cost-effective solutions that enhance health providers’ skills and responsiveness, facility readiness, community engagement, and young people’s service-seeking behavior and contraceptive uptake—all of which can be scaled up across Bangladesh.

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