Access to SRHR Services

Access to SRHR Services

What sexual and reproductive health services might young people need? Young people are diverse and so too are their sexual and reproductive health needs. Young people may require information on and access to modern contraception, emergency contraception, menstruation, HIV and STI (sexually transmitted infection) testing and treatment, gynaecology, pregnancy testing and services, safe abortion, counselling, gender-based violence and harmful practices counselling and referral among others. Services must respect a young person’s privacy, confidentiality and obtain informed consent. Services should also be tailored to the specific needs of young women and girls, and LGBTIQ+ young people.
Why do young people have trouble accessing sexual health services?

Young people face a number of obstacles accessing sexual and reproductive health services. These barriers relate to availability and accessibility as well as the quality of the services provided. For example, laws and policies may limit young people’s access to services and contraceptives, and health centres may only address the needs of married women.

Entrenched social norms and gender inequality around young people and girls’ sexuality mean young people’s behaviours are controlled and they may be stigmatised for being sexually active. Due to their age, young people’s ability to make decisions or express an opinion may not be respected. All these make it difficult, and often prevent young people from accessing sexual and reproductive health services.

How is Juhudi Africa is working to improve access to sexual and reproductive health services?

Juhudi Africa is working in alliance with civil society organisations and governments to improve and expand sexual health services that respond to the needs of young clients. This includes training service providers, condom distribution, increasing awareness of services among young people, reaching young people with information on their sexual and reproductive health and rights through innovative methods; such as mobile apps.

Juhudi Africa also works with parents, caregivers and the community to support an enabling environment for young people to realise their sexual and reproductive health and rights. This includes encouraging dialogue and supporting families and communities to provide positive guidance to young people about their sexual and reproductive health and rights, including accessing services.

Juhudi Africa listens to adolescents and works with them to tailor youth-friendly health services to the local context. We provide comprehensive sexuality education to young people, in and out of schools, to help build their knowledge, skills, and confidence, including to access services.

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  • Young people face a number of obstacles accessing sexual and reproductive health services. We are working with goverments and partner organisations improve and expand these services for young clients.
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