Developing and Socializing a Framework for Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health in West Bank and Gaza, Lebanon, Jordan and Morocco
The Middle East and North Africa region is experiencing a period of transition imposed by changing political, demographic, social, and economic environments. Protracted conflict and growing populations of refugees and other displaced people have defined the region in recent years. Past gains made in accessing women’s health and reproductive health services are losing ground. This is especially acute among adolescent boys and girls attempting to access sexual and reproductive health (SRH) information and services. Growing risks related to SRH for this age group include sexual and gender-based violence, early marriage, and resulting SRH-related illnesses and deaths. Responding to these needs and creating effective prevention measures requires a context-specific, evidence-based framework upon which to base policies and actions.
This project is being implemented in collaboration with the Middle East and North Africa Health Policy Forum, an independent non-governmental forum to discuss health policy issues in the region. The aim of the project is to develop a regional, sustainable, gender-responsive, and evidence-based multi-sectoral adolescent sexual and reproductive health framework in West Bank and Gaza, Jordan, Lebanon, and Morocco. The framework will address adolescent SRH issues as they pertain to education, communication, social norms, and legal frameworks.
Using a gender and rights-based approach, this framework will be developed with different actors, including adolescent boys and girls, and will be tested and refined to optimize its uptake and influence. The project will produce position papers for each of the four countries, as well as targeted analyses and briefs for specific user groups. Key stakeholders include adolescent girls and boys, parents, educators, non-governmental organizations, health workers, and policymakers.
Expected changes from the project include improvements in adolescent knowledge and understanding; awareness and agency with regards to sexual and reproductive health information and services; greater engagement across various sectors in a given country and across the four countries; and strengthened capacities to apply the framework by key stakeholders in each of the countries.