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Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health in Burkina Faso

Rafael Cortez, Diana Bowser and Meaghen Quinlan-Davisonson

No 95102, Health, Nutrition and Population (HNP) Knowledge Briefs from The World Bank

Abstract: Today?s adolescents and youth face substantial physical, social, legal, and economic barriers to meeting their SRH potential. Key factors underlying these issues are a lack of adolescent SRH (ASRH) policies and access to accessible, affordable, and appropriate health services. The impact that these factors have on adolescent health and development is clearly seen in Burkina Faso. Burkinabè adolescent girls face high adolescent fertility rates, early and forced marriage, an increased risk of maternal mortality, and a high unmet need for contraception, among others. Adding to this issue is a lack of access to education, basic health information, and SRH services, contributing to a lack of awareness and knowledge about SRH and traditional and harmful gender stereotypes. The objectives of the study were to understand the impact that structural and proximal determinants have on access to ASRH services and health outcomes; and the impact that recently implemented policies and programs have on ASRH.

Keywords: abortion; abortion rates; access to education; access to health; access to health care; ADOLESCENT; adolescent boys; adolescent fertility; adolescent girls; adolescent ... See More + health; adolescent maternal mortality; adolescents; age of marriage; antenatal care; average age; Basic Education; births; cancer; care strategies; childbirth; Clandestine Abortion; community interventions; complications; contraceptive method; contraceptive use; deaths; discrimination; domestic violence; early marriage; early marriages; economic growth; educational achievement; Emergency Obstetric Care; employment opportunities; equal participation; equal rights; equitable access; families; family planning; Female; Female genital cutting; females; fertility rate; fertility rates; fewer children; FGC; financial constraints; first marriage; forced marriage; forced marriages; formal education; gender; gender approach; gender equality; gender equity; gender gap; gender gap in primary; GENDER NORMS; gender parity; Gender Policy; gender stereotypes; gender-based violence; harmful practices; health care; health care services; health facilities; health facility; health information; health insurance; health interventions; health outcomes; health policies; Health Policy; health services; HIV; HIV/AIDS; hospital; human rights; human rights violation; Illegal abortions; infant; infant mortality; intimate partner; labour force; labour force participation; lack of awareness; level of education; levels of knowledge; literacy rates; MARITAL STATUS; Married women; maternal complications; maternal health; maternal morbidity; maternal mortality; Medicine; mental health; modern contraception; National Gender Policy; National Health; National Policy; need for family planning; neonatal care; Nutrition; obstetric care; older age groups; older women; participation in decision; physical abuse; Population Knowledge; pregnancy; pregnancy prevention; primary education; primary health care; primary school; promotion of gender equality; quality of services; rape; Reproduction; REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH; Risk Behaviors; rural areas; school attendance; School Children; secondary school; SEXUAL ACTIVITY; Sexual Behavior; sexual education; sexual harassment; sexual violence; skilled birth attendance; social norms; Social Science; STIs; UNESCO; UNFPA; United Nations; United States Agency for International Development; unplanned pregnancies; USAID; use of Condoms; use of health facilities; Vocational Training; woman; women in society; Young Adolescents; young age; young people; young women; younger women; youth (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 4 pages
Date: 2015-03
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