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Youth-Friendly Reproductive Health Services

 Youth-Friendly Reproductive Health Services
Source: 
Higher Population Council
Authors: 
Higher Population Council
Geographic Area: 
Nationall
Year Published: 
2017
Funded By: 
Share – Net International
Type of research: 
Qualitative&Quantitative
Objectives: 
  • Highlights the importance of providing youth-friendly reproductive health services that meet the practical and strategic needs of young people,
  • Enhancing the role of service providers in empowering youth, raising their awareness and motivating them to adopt positive attitudes and best practices in reproductive health.
  • To have in place reproductive health services that meet international standards.
Abstract: 

The Higher Population Council (HPC) has given special attention to youth-friendly reproductive health services, because of the key role that youth play in realizing and investing in the demographic dividend, and the need for strengthening the protection elements of youth and reducing the risks they face by developing their youth life skills through the provision of youth-friendly reproductive health services.

 

An analysis of the situation of the provision of reproductive health services for youth in Jordan points out many challenges facing young people in obtaining reproductive and sexual health services, such as: The service is culturally and socially sensitive, lack of addressing and discussing reproductive and sexual health issues in school curricula, youth seek information through social media and friends who have previous experience, they fear that their private information will be disclosed and they might be legally liable for wrong behaviors, and Interviews with some health service providers showed that current services  are not based on national standards, Lack of youth-specific services such as consultations, counselling and guidance and Lack of a designated place for the provision of service

 

The continuation of this situation to receive young people information from unreliable sources and poor reproductive health services provided to them will lead to the dangerous behaviors with serious negative health, social and economic consequences on youth and the society.

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This Policy Brief overviews five proposed policy alternatives for providing youth-friendly reproductive health services. These are:

  • Develop national standards for the provision of youth-friendly reproductive health services while taking into consideration the sensitivity of the local culture and religious values.
  • Provide youth-friendly reproductive health services at public health centers.
  • Activate the role of counsellors and biology teachers at the Ministry of Education so as to address reproductive health and sex education at counselling and biology classes.
  • Provide youth-friendly reproductive health services at youth centers.
  • Integrate youth-friendly reproductive health services in national and sectorial strategies, strategic plans and development programs.

Whereas the proposed policies represent a comprehensive framework that supports the provision of youth-friendly reproductive health services and addresses relevant obstacles, the Policy Brief recommends adopting the five policies.