A country policy analysis & best practice research under Bridging the Gaps project

A country policy analysis & best practice research under Bridging the Gaps project

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Improving sexual and reproductive health and rights for young key populations

Young people, including adolescents (ages 10-19) and youth (ages 15-24), have different needs from adults and require different HIV and sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services and a different approach to providing them. Young key populations experience barriers that hamper their access to these services. These barriers include a low awareness of health risks, a lack of support, restrictive laws and regulations, and limited availability of youth-friendly services, e.g. health workers often lack the sensitivity, skills and specific knowledge to work with young key populations. Often, even key population programmes struggle to include young people. To make matters worse, governments and donors fail to provide enough funding for research, prevention, treatment and care to address young key populations’ unique needs.

This desk research reflected on existing strategies and approaches that are being used to ensure young key populations aged 10-24, including young sex workers, gay men, other men who have sex with men, young people who use drugs and transgender people or their sexual partners, can access the HIV and SRHR services they need.

If you are a young person from a key population who wants to better understand why you can’t get the HIV and SRHR services you need and you want to arm yourself with evidence to change this, this report can help. If you are an ally of young key populations – an organisation, advocate or policymaker – who wants insight into the current policy environment or is considering to adopt and scale up best practices, this report provides important findings and recommendations to support your programming and advocacy.

A country policy analysis & best practice research under Bridging the Gaps project

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