The Safeguard Young People Programme

UNFPA/Meaghan Charkowick
Overview of the programme
Imagine what it would be like if all adolescents and young people in Southern Africa are healthy, productive and empowered. Imagine them being free from sexually transmitted infections, including new HIV infections, unwanted pregnancies, child marriages and sexual violence.
 
Overview of the programme
Imagine what it would be like if all adolescents and young people in Southern Africa are healthy, productive and empowered. Imagine them being free from sexually transmitted infections, including new HIV infections, unwanted pregnancies, child marriages and sexual violence.
 
This is the future that UNFPA envisions. It is why we have developed the Safeguard Young People Programme, with the intent of scaling up comprehensive interventions for adolescents and young people in Southern Africa through a multi-sectoral approach, touching on policy, integrated HIV and youth-friendly sexual and reproductive health services, sexuality education for in- and out-of-school youth as well as youth empowerment.
 
Results at a glance 
For more than two years, the Safeguard Young People Programme has helped improve the health and rights realities of young people between the ages of 10 and 24.

learners exposed to Safeguard Young People Programme interventions in targeted schools

out-of-school young people reached with social behaviour change communication and CSE programmes

condoms distributed to young people adolescents and youth reached with sexual and reproductive health services
 
Implementing countries
The programme is implementing in eight Southern African countries, including Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, Swaziland, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe
 
Voices from the field

The programme is funded by the Swiss Development Cooperation Agency (SDC), UNFPA Supplies and the UNFPA/UNAIDS-implemented SRH and HIV Linkages Project, co-funded by the European Union and the Swedish International Development Agency.