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Bold commitments have been made by governments across the region in a number of international and regional declarations, conventions and agendas, which point to the important shift in safeguarding all rights, including sexual and reproductive health and rights for young people. These also provide clear guidance to countries in enacting laws and policies that better protect vulnerable groups, including adolescents.

The study reviews the laws, policies and related frameworks in 23 countries in East and Southern Africa (ESA) that create either impediments to, or an enabling environment for, adolescent sexual and reproductive health and rights. The assessment resulted in the development of a harmonized regional legal framework, which translates international and regional legal provisions into useful strategies. It gives recommendations based on applicable core legal values and principles gleaned from a range of conventions, charters, political commitments, guidelines and declarations. 

This document provides a summary of findings from the comprehensive study and key recommendations for further legal reform to improve the sexual and reproductive health of adolescents and young people across the region. 

UNFPA is proud to partner with the contributors including the AUC, SADC, IGAD, EAC, COMESA and SADC Parliamentary Forum, to share the highlights of the study.

 

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UNFPA’s flagship programme, Safeguard Young People (SYP), responds to the urgent needs of millions of young people, charting a new way forward for Southern Africa.

At the heart of the programme is the belief that young people need to be supported holistically in their own diverse and often complex environments so they can truly realize their full potential. This means the programme works at regional, national and local levels. And it works with governments, traditional leaders, civil society, parents, teachers, nurses and – most importantly – youth themselves.

The SYP Programme uses innovative approaches to achieve better sexual and reproductive health outcomes for adolescents and young people at national scale, making it the first of its kind in the region.

Three years since it was launched, the evidence shows that the programme has changed the lives of many young people. From its contribution to the development of historic laws and policy amendments, to its captivating digital and traditional communication approaches; from foundational relationships built with parents and traditional leaders, to tireless efforts in improving health and education standards – the programme had an extensive impact on communities across the eight countries. 

 

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Imagine a world where all adolescents and young people are healthy, productive and empowered; free from sexually transmitted infections including HIV, unintended pregnancies, child marriage and sexual violence; and are equipped with comprehensive knowledge and skills to make healthy decisions about their life, relationships and future. 

Together, we can achieve this. This document tells you how.

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This report provides a summary of UNFPA's progress and achievements in East and Southern Africa in 2016. It focuses on the areas of improving maternal health, strengthening integrated HIV and sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services, improving SRH for young people, progress in using innovation to improve SRH, ensuring SRH in crisis situations, and increasing resources to fund UNFPA's programmes in the region.

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This country snapshot provides an overview of national level data for the full scope of HIV and sexual and reproductive health and rights linkages/integration at the levels of enabling environment, health systems and integrated service delivery.

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This country snapshot provides an overview of national level data for the full scope of HIV and sexual and reproductive health and rights linkages/integration at the levels of enabling environment, health systems and integrated service delivery.

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This report summarizes the results of a study carried out to assess Malawi’s potential for harnessing the demographic dividend and discusses the policy options that are required to do so.

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This report is a collection of stories from service providers, peer educators and the young people who benefit from the Youth Enterprise Model (YEM) and are witnessing its positive impact in action.

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This country snapshot provides an overview of national level data for the full scope of HIV and sexual and reproductive health and rights linkages/integration at the levels of enabling environment, health systems and integrated service delivery.

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This country snapshot provides an overview of national level data for the full scope of HIV and sexual and reproductive health and rights linkages/integration at the levels of enabling environment, health systems and integrated service delivery.

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