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University Leadership for Change in Sexual and Reproductive Health in Niger

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From March 2014–June 2016, E2A implemented the University Leadership for Change (ULC) project in Niger to promote youth leadership for driving social change and health systems strengthening with the aim of reducing unintended pregnancies and maternal mortality, and increasing gender equality. In Niger, public health issues and family planning and reproductive health, in particular, are among key priorities for development.

At the heart of this project was a comprehensive approach to behavior change that sought to create an enabling environment to improve SRH among young people. The project was composed of three main technical components: (1) Youth leadership and demand generation; (2) Expanded access and improved quality of sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services; and (3) Participatory stakeholder engagement for sustainability. These three pillars were used simultaneously to work towards the achievement of the ULC project’s objectives.

This report presents the project outcomes and documents the strategies and approaches that led to the results achieved. The report also highlights considerations for scaling up the ULC approach in different contexts. The success stories and lessons learned within this report are relevant for a global health audience seeking to improve AYSRH outcomes through effective strategies for behavior change that are coupled with the delivery of youth-friendly SRH services.

Leadership Universitaire pour le Changement de Comportement en Sante Sexuelle et Reproductive au Niger

De Mars 2014 à Juin 2016, E2A a mis en œuvre le projet Leadership Universitaire pour le Changement de comportement (LUC) au Niger, en vue de promouvoir le leadership des jeunes pour le changement social et le renforcement des systèmes de santé afin de réduire les grossesses non désirées et la mortalité maternelle, tout en promouvant l’égalité des sexes. Le projet LUC a privilégié une approche holistique pour un changement de comportement dans le but de créer un environnement propice à l’amélioration de la SSR chez les jeunes.

Le projet comporte 3 axes techniques principaux, à savoir : (1) le leadership des jeunes et la création de la demande ; (2) l’amélioration de l’accès et de la qualité des services de SSR et ; (3) Le dialogue participatif des acteurs pour garantir la durabilité. Ces trois piliers ont été utilisés simultanément en vue d’atteindre les objectifs du projet LUC.

Ce rapport présente les résultats du projet et documente les stratégies et approches qui ont mené aux résultats atteints. Il met également en exergue les paramètres à considérer pour un passage à grande échelle réussi de l’approche LUC dans différents contextes.

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