Lessons learned in scaling up good practices in reaching & engaging young key populations

Lessons learned in scaling up good practices in reaching & engaging young key populations

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There are considerable gaps in our knowledge of HIV among adolescents and young people. Young people under 18 often require parental approval for sharing information with researchers or accessing HIV, SRHR and harm reduction services. Available data is often out of date, limited by sample size and not disaggregated by age, sex and other demographic indicators to inform programming, indicating a lack of funding for research with this group. However, data gaps are the cause, in part, of why young people and young key populations are often missing from national HIV strategic plans and policies. Young, Wild, and… Free? is a ground-breaking programme to systematically research and define the needs of young people from key populations to scale up services designed specifically around their needs.

As the Young, Wild and… Free? programme reaches its conclusion, there is a need to understand the lessons learned from rapid scale-up for reaching young key populations in Kenya, South Africa, Vietnam, and Russia. With this report, we looked at the process and results of scale-up. We outline:

  • the best practices that have been scaled up
  • the methods by which traditional services became YKP-friendly
  • significant changes at the country level in relation to Young, Wild, and... Free? objectives
  • challenges, lessons learned and solutions to scale up
Lessons learned in scaling up good practices in reaching & engaging young key populations

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