Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health

Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health

There are over 1.8 billion young people in the world today, and 90% of them live in low-income countries. Adolescence is a significant transition period and a unique window of opportunity to shape the healthy and successful development of future generations. Unfortunately, there are millions of young people around the world who remain vulnerable to threats such as HIV, unemployment, violence, and unintended pregnancy. With more young people on the planet today than ever before, the global community is finally recognizing the critical importance of addressing their needs and aspirations as a key driver of our common future.

Adolescence is a critical developmental period that has the power to shape an individual’s dreams and future life options. CARE’s approach to adolescent empowerment centers on comprehensive, integrated and rights-based program designs that ensure adolescents and youth – especially marginalized girls and young women – can build skills and pursue opportunities to enable them to realize their aspirations. We realize that young people don’t exist in isolation; because their lives exist across multiple spheres, so must our activities. We design projects with the whole young person in mind.

CARE seeks to provide high-quality and holistic sexual and reproductive health information and services to adolescents as well as adults. Our experience has shown that focusing on service delivery is important, but not sufficient, given the systemic injustices that prevent adolescents from accessing health services and claiming their sexual and reproductive rights. Because of this, our sexual and reproductive health programs are designed to address underlying gender power imbalances and to equip girls and boys with the skills they need to live productive and healthy lives.

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CARE's Adolescent SRHR Projects Include:

Abdiboru (Ethiopia)
This project aims to address structural determinants (agency, government institutions, and social norms) that act as barriers to empowerment in order to improve health, education, and economic outcomes for adolescent girls.

Joint Programme (Burundi)
This project aims to reach 1.1 million adolescents and youth (ages 10-24) in Burundi with quality and comprehensive SRH information and services.

IMAGINE (Bangladesh, Niger)
This project aims to assist married adolescent girls in delaying their first births through voluntary use of modern contraceptive methods.

TESFA (Ethiopia)
This project aims to improve SRH and economic outcomes for young, ever-married adolescent girls (ages 10-19).

Vijana Juu (DR Congo)
This project aimed to improve quality of and access to reproductive health services for adolescents while increasing their agency and capacity to create positive change in their lives and communities.

Taking Charge (Ethiopia)
This project aims to improve the lives of 6.5 million married and unmarried adolescent girls by enhancing their access to reproductive health information and services through peer-based solidarity groups and community engagement. CARE is currently seeking funds to scale up this model.


Other SRHR Programs:

SRHR: Emergency

SRHR in Emergencies

Sex and pregnancy don’t stop during crisis, when risks are higher.

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Rahmo is a mother of six children. Two of her children are being treated in CARE's nutrition centre. "It's so difficult seeing my babies cry for food and not be able to feed them," says Rahmo.

SRHR: Family Planning

Family Planning & Maternal Health

Most maternal deaths are preventable with care.

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 Nang Kam Taung, 22 years, Auxiliary Midwife and babies who were delivered by her at Nam Htan Ma village, Lashio, Myanmar

SRHR: Health System

Health Systems

Strengthening systems and improving workforce effectiveness.

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Women carry food and wood on their heads along the road in northern Sierra Leone.