Discussion paper

Can inter-sectoral collaboration improve adolescent sexual and reproductive health?

16 Oct 2012

This discussion paper looks at emerging ways in which the effectiveness of inter-sectoral collaboration is being measured, identifies benefits and challenges and includes examples of successful inter-sectoral collaboration in service delivery between health, media and education in low resource settings.
Protecting the health of young people is of enormous importance not only for the individual, but to achieve future development goals. Currently, there are over 1.2 billion adolescents, most of who live in developing countries.
Many of these young people face huge social and economic barriers in accessing sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services and information, but they need the right tools to be able to confront threats such as human immunodeciency virus (HIV), sexually transmitted infections (STIs), early and unwanted pregnancies, unsafe abortion and sexual violence. These threats are among the leading causes of death and illness among adolescents in low and middle income countries [Gore et al. 2011].

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