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Addressing Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health in Niger

USE OF CONTRACEPTION SEX EDUCATION CHILD HEALTH RISKS SOCIAL NORMS MATERNAL DEATH SEXUALLY ACTIVE REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH CONTRACEPTION PEOPLE PEER EDUCATION ADOLESCENT MOTHER TRADITIONAL MEDICINE YOUNG GIRLS INFORMED CHOICE UNSAFE ABORTIONS ADOLESCENT BIRTH RATE OLDER ADOLESCENTS ANTENATAL CARE YOUTH CENTERS PREVENTION LAWS SEXUAL INTERCOURSE BEFORE MARRIAGE CONTRACEPTIVE PILLS YOUTH GROUPS YOUNG MOTHER SEXUAL BEHAVIOUR MORBIDITY HEALTH EDUCATION WOMEN OF CHILDBEARING AGE SERVICES HEALTH CARE SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED INFECTIONS PRIVACY OLD ADOLESCENTS BIRTH CONTROL PUBERTY HEALTH HEALTH FACILITIES PUBLIC HEALTH MATERNAL MORTALITY BIRTHS TO ADOLESCENTS HOSPITALIZATION MIDDLE SCHOOL KNOWLEDGE HEALTH FACILITY ACCESS TO HEALTH INFORMATION PREGNANCIES ABORTIONS YOUNG WOMAN COMMUNITY MOBILIZATION PATIENTS CONTRACEPTIVE PREVALENCE INTERVENTION BOYS URBAN ADOLESCENTS SEXUALITY ADEQUATE HEALTH ADOLESCENT-FRIENDLY APPROACHES MEDICATION ADOLESCENT MOTHERS UNMARRIED ADOLESCENTS STIS CULTURAL BELIEFS VIOLENCE SEXUAL EDUCATION ACCESS TO HEALTH SERVICES GENDER NORMS SEXUAL EXPERIENCE FIRST SEXUAL INTERCOURSE IMMUNE DEFICIENCY SYNDROME UNPLANNED PREGNANCY MORTALITY RATE SEXUAL INTERCOURSE FIRST SEX BASIC HUMAN RIGHTS SERVICES FOR ADOLESCENTS PRIMARY SCHOOL CARE SERVICES FAMILY_PLANNING BIRTH RATE ADOLESCENT FERTILITY SELF-MEDICATION ADOLESCENT-FRIENDLY SERVICES SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT FOSTER FAMILIES EARLY CHILDBEARING MORTALITY MODERN CONTRACEPTIVE METHODS ADOLESCENT BOYS SEXUAL INITIATION EMOTIONAL VIOLENCE POSTERS ACCESS TO INFORMATION FIRST SEXUAL EXPERIENCE CHILDBIRTH SEXUAL REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH RIGHTS YOUNG MEN YOUNG ADULTS FEMALE ADOLESCENTS AGED ADOLESCENCE CONTRACEPTIVES SOCIAL SERVICES ADOLESCENT GIRLS SCHOOLS AGE EXPOSURE TO VIOLENCE BIRTHS MALE ADOLESCENTS DIGNITY HEALTH OUTCOMES SEXUAL ACTIVITY VICTIMS RADIO PROGRAMS ADOLESCENT-FRIENDLY POLICIES FAMILY PLANNING UNWANTED PREGNANCY ADOLESCENT FEMALES BIRTH SPACING RISK OF MORBIDITY YOUTH DECISION MAKING CONTRACEPTIVE METHOD NUTRITION WORKSHOPS ADOLESCENTS UNPROTECTED SEX CHILDBEARING PEER PRESSURE MOBILE CLINICS CONTRACEPTIVE USE SEXUAL ENCOUNTER INTERNET NATIONAL HEALTH CHILD MORTALITY SEXUAL BEHAVIOR SEX FEMALE COUNTERPARTS HUMAN RIGHTS PREGNANT WOMEN RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH SERVICES FORM OF CONTRACEPTION CHILDREN ADOLESCENTS’ HEALTH CLINICS MODERN CONTRACEPTION MATERNAL DEATHS ADOLESCENT MALES YOUNGER ADOLESCENTS RISK OF EXPOSURE CONTRACEPTIVE METHODS VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ADOLESCENT BIRTH ATTENDANTS YOUNG WOMEN ADOLESCENT CHILDBEARING YOUTH HEALTH PHYSICAL ACTIVITY INFECTIONS TRADITIONAL BIRTH ATTENDANTS YOUNG PEOPLE PREMARITAL SEX GIRLS MARRIED ADOLESCENT GIRLS NEONATAL MORTALITY STRATEGY PHYSICAL VIOLENCE FAMILIES FAMILY PLANNING SERVICES SEXUAL VIOLENCE CANCERS ADOLESCENT HEALTH VIOLENCE AMONG ADOLESCENTS MARRIED ADOLESCENTS PREGNANCY OUTCOMES AIDS EARLY MARRIAGE ADOLESCENT PREGNANCIES HEALTH SERVICES IMPLEMENTATION PREGNANCY ABORTION CONDOMS ADOLESCENT BIRTH INTERVENTIONS FOR ADOLESCENTS BREASTFEEDING
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World Bank, Washington, DC
Africa | Niger
2016-06-06T21:01:51Z | 2016-06-06T21:01:51Z | 2016-01

The aim of the study is to better understand adolescents’ sexual and reproductive health (SRH) needs in order to inform the design of interventions and policies that improve access to and use of adolescent SRH services in Niger. A mixed-methods study was conducted and included: (i) a quantitative analysis of Niger’s Demographic Health Survey/Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (DHS/MICS) 2012; (ii) 17 focus group discussions conducted in urban and rural areas among 128 adolescents; and (iii) a set of recommendations to improve access to and use of SRH services for adolescents in the country. The study found that age at first marriage among adolescent females is 15.7 years and is followed soon thereafter by sexual debut (15.9 years). According to focus group discussions (FGDs), adolescent’s boys and girls start spending time together at 12 years in urban areas and 10 years in rural areas; this may lead to sexual intercourse in exchange for material and financial resources. Over 70 percent of adolescents have given birth by 18 years of age. Although knowledge about modern contraception is high (73 percent among female adolescents 15-19 years of age), the majority of adolescent girls do not use contraception due to societal and cultural beliefs. Moreover, FGDs reveal that the main barriers to use of SRH services is a lack of privacy and confidentiality, as well as finances, despite the government’s elimination of user fees. The government has increased supply side interventions for adolescents and prioritized adolescents on the national agenda by approving the Family Planning Action Plan (2012-2020) and the National Plan for Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health (2011), however these plans need to be monitored and evaluated to determine their effectiveness in reaching this population group. There is also a need to increase multi-sectoral demand-side interventions in the country.

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