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Challenges for Adolescent's Sexual and Reproductive Health Within the Context of Universal Health Coverage

Rafael Cortez, Meaghen Quinlan-Davidson and Seemeen Saadat

No 91292, Health, Nutrition and Population (HNP) Knowledge Briefs from The World Bank

Abstract: Young people (10-24 years of age), around the world face tremendous challenges to meeting their sexual and reproductive health (SRH) needs. Inadequate access to health information and services, as well as inequitable gender norms, contributes to a lack of knowledge and awareness about puberty, sexuality, and basic human rights. This can have serious implications on young people?s health and welfare as well economic development and poverty reduction. Given the importance of ASRH within the context of development as well as the paucity of data on the issue, the WBG conducted a global analysis and country case studies in order to: (i) gain a deeper understanding of the multi-sectoral determinants of ASRH outcomes; (ii) explore further the multi-sectoral supply and demand-side determinants of access, utilization, and provision of services relevant to identified ASRH outcomes; and (iii) identify multi-sectoral programmatic and policy options to address critical constraints to improving ASRH outcomes that can inform WBG lending operations and policy dialogue.

Keywords: abuse; access to health; access to health care; access to health information; adolescence; ADOLESCENT; adolescent childbearing; Adolescent females; adolescent fertility; adolescent health; adolescent health policy; adolescent health programs; Adolescent Pregnancy; adolescents; adulthood; aged; basic human rights; births; contraceptive method; contraceptive methods; Contraceptive prevalence; contraceptive use; diseases; Early marriage; economic growth; family formation; FAMILY PLANNING; FAMILY PLANNING INFORMATION; FAMILY PLANNING Use; female; female adolescents; fertility rates; first marriage; first sex; focus group discussions; friendly health services; gender; gender norms; gender-based violence; health care; health policy; health sector; health services; health systems; healthy development; HIV; HIV/AIDS; human development; husbands; inequitable gender norms; injuries; injury; International Center for Research on Women; lack of knowledge; level of education; levels of education; male adolescents; marital status; married adolescent women; married adolescents; married women; MATERNAL MORTALITY; mental disorders; mental health; modern contraception; MORTALITY; Motherhood; Needs Assessment; Nutrition; obesity; older adolescents; onset of puberty; policy dialogue; Population Discussion; Population Knowledge; Pregnancy; pregnant women; prenatal care; productivity; Progress; provision of services; puberty; radio; REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH; reproductive health rights; risk-taking; rural areas; rural residence; sex; sex before age; sexual activity; sexual behavior; sexual intercourse; sexuality; sexually active; sexually transmitted infections; Skills Development; socioeconomic differences; STIs; tobacco; tobacco use; TV; unions; universal access; unmarried adolescent; unmarried adolescent girls; urban areas; Use of contraception; violence; WDR; workers; World Health Organization; Young people; young populations; young women; younger adolescents; youth (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: pages 4 pages
Date: 2014-10
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