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This review provides an overview of MHM policies and programmes in the ESA region, with a focus on education, school and community-based sexuality education, WASH, sexual and reproductive health, workplace support and humanitarian programming, as well as opening up the discussion regarding marginalized groups of women and girls such as disabled, prisoners and transgender men.

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Last year saw the end of UNFPA East and Southern Africa Regional Programme Action Plan 2014-2017, which focused on women and young people as our priorities. We close this phase with a slew of impressive achievements, in line with the Sustainable Development Goals, especially SDG 3 on Health, SDG 4 on Education and SDG 5 on Gender Equality. This, our 2017 annual report, details UNFPA's achievements in advancing sexual and reproductive health and rights in the region, for women and young people in particular.

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This report presents the results of the sixth annual survey on the availability of modern contraceptives and essential life-saving maternal, sexual and reproductive health medicines in Mozambican health facilities, which aimed to contextualize the current status of maternal and reproductive health medicines in the country.

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This study looks at the gendered impact of the 2016 drought in southern Mozambique, specifically the ways in which it affected women and girls. It is beneficial for those wishing to better inform their policy and programmes targeting women and girls in southern Mozambique, as well as other similar drought-affected areas.

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This study sought to determine the knowledge, attitudes and perceptions of stakeholders at the community level that can support distribution of family planning commodities.

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At 26 per cent, HIV prevalence amongst youth in Swaziland is high. This report features results from a rapid assessment of condom needs, availability, access and use among young people in Swaziland.

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Family planning variables had a mildly protective effect on teenage pregnancy in Namibia, which has some of the highest rates of teenage pregnancy in the East and Southern Africa region. This study examines the social and behavioural reasons for Namibia’s high rates of teenage fertility.

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This study assesses the socio-cultural norms, attitudes, values and practices that hinder or facilitate the sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) of adolescents and young people in Swaziland. It provides support for the applicability of the Social Ecological Model (SEM) in predicting factors determining the use of SRH services among youth in Swaziland.

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When it comes to preventing adolescent pregnancies, a crucial factor is women’s empowerment, especially the ability of young women to request contraception. This study analyzes the magnitude, trends over time, determinants and impacts of child marriage and adolescent pregnancy.

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This report summarizes an analysis to assess Mozambique’s chances of harnessing a demographic dividend and the policy options the country can adopt in order to optimize its chances of earning one.

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