A young key population-led needs assessment

A young key population-led needs assessment

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Do young key populations have access to sexual and reproductive health services?

In 2020, as part of the Young, Wild and… Free? project, key population-led organisations from Kenya, South Africa, Russia and Vietnam conducted participatory research, including in-depth interviews and focus group discussions with around 270 young people from key populations.5 The aim of this research was to understand what stops and enables young key populations from accessing the HIV, sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), and harm reduction services they need to support their health and well-being. Young people from key populations took the lead in the research design, data gathering and report writing after being trained by partners from the Bridging the Gaps programme (2011-2020), the parent programme of Young, Wild and… Free?. Bridging the Gaps was a strategic partnership with and funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

This report shows how young key populations’ knowledge, experiences, barriers and enablers have influenced access to HIV, SRHR and harm reduction services. It concludes with recommendations from young key populations themselves, and the organisations that support them, on how to improve that access.

A young key population-led needs assessment

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