Young Key Populations Resource Page

Young Key Populations Resource Page

Young key populations experience many barriers in accessing SRHR, HIV, and harm reduction services, for a plethora of reasons. Therefore, to reach and engage them there is a need for tailored services that address these challenges. To spark an increase in access to services and service uptake among young key populations, we need to better understand the needs of young people and pilot best practices. This page provides an overview of new and existing resources for those working with young key populations.

Barriers for young key populations

  • Service providers are confronted with laws and regulations preventing them from delivering services to young people; age restrictions for methadone programmes for example, or parental permission is needed for HIV testing and other SRHR services.
  • Friendly services for young key populations are often not available, because service providers do not have sufficient knowledge on the specific needs of young key populations. This is due to specific age-related risk behaviours and severe stigma, discrimination, and violence.
  • Young key populations lack awareness of health risks and supportive networks and communities. Many of them don’t access traditional SRHR, HIV, and harm reduction services. They stay hidden, fend for themselves and seek information and support among their peers and online.
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How to use this webpage

To increase both the demand for and uptake of SRHR and HIV services by young key populations, systematic research into youth programming and the development and scale-up of youth-specific approaches are needed. Through diverse projects with partners, such as the Young, Wild and Free project, who work with young key populations, new research data was gathered, tailored interventions tested and success stories scaled up. The findings of these projects are shared on this webpage, so everyone working with young key populations can make use of these data, lessons learned and developed toolkits to adjust their existing services to make them more youth-friendly. So feel free to download, use and share as widely as possible.

young key populations tailored services

New available resources

Research

Here you find reports that summarise the outcomes of participatory research done by young key populations in Kenya, Vietnam, Russia, and South Africa. The research was done to better understand what hampers and encourages young key populations to access SRHR, HIV, and harm reduction services. The desk research report reflects on existing approaches and provides insights into the current policy environment, including recommendations to support your programming and advocacy.

Report 13 September 2021

A young key population-led needs assessment

Do young key populations have access to sexual and reproductive health services?...
Report 13 September 2021

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

Improving sexual and reproductive health and rights for young key populations ...
Report 13 September 2021

A participatory youth-led research on the needs of young key populations in Kenya

Do young key populations in Kenya have access to sexual & reproductive healt...
Report 13 September 2021

A participatory youth-led research on the needs of young key populations in Russia

Do young key populations in Russia have access to sexual and reproductive health...
Report 13 September 2021

A participatory youth-led research on the needs of young key populations in South Africa

Do young key populations in South Africa have access to sexual and reproductive ...
Report 13 September 2021

A participatory youth-led research on the needs of young key populations in Vietnam

Do young key populations in Vietnam have access to sexual and reproductive healt...

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