Life Planning for Adolescents and Youths (LPAY)
Within the context of ensuring a supportive environment for meaningful participation of Adolescents and Youth in their health and well-being and thereby ensuring that their needs and views are fully considered in all Life Planning issues, efforts is made to achieve improved political commitment of government through policy actions, policy reforms and implementation, sustainable funding, leadership and popular support, media support and increased buy-in by relevant stakeholders.
Brief and Fact sheet on Life Planning Adolescents and Youth in Kaduna, Lagos and Oyo state speak to the unique life planning needs of adolescents and youth in Kaduna State highlighting the background, current situation from the Net map exercise conducted in the States, challenges, expected benefits and required action by the decision makers. These tools support the advocacy effort of the State Technical Working on Adolescent and Youth Health Development and Advocacy Core Group (ACG) to promote and demand life planning information and services for adolescents and youth in the States.
Inter-generational dialogue is a key strategy in breaking socio-cultural barriers to Adolescents and Youth Sexual and Re productive Health including family planning. These dialogues put a spotlight on the unique family planning needs of adolescents and youth, bringing together leaders of the Advocacy Core Group (ACG), life planning ambassadors, young people, parents, religious leaders as well as the media to bridge the SRH communication gap between the older and younger generation.
In 2017, an impact analysis was carried out to determine the effect of NURHI’s intervention on adolescents and youth in its implementation cities between (2009 – 2014). The result of that analysis was impressive and showed that NURHI’s first phase interventions did have a positive result and created a slight shift in awareness and use of family planning methods among young people. In NURHI 2, Life Planning for Adolescents and Youth (LPAY) is an add-on to the current projects activities being implemented in Kaduna, Lagos and Oyo, with an intentional focus on adolescents and youth (aged 15-24 years).
Globally, many sexually active youths and adolescents want to avoid or limit pregnancy, while many others would want to wait before getting pregnant. These group of young persons may not know where to get contraceptives or may not be able to afford services, yet even when there is easy access, uptake may be difficult because of the stigma of their status as ‘not married’ and their inability to make decisions about their reproductive health.
To increase the demand for life planning information and services among young people, NURHI 2 Adolescents and Youth Demand Generation approach uses communication to increase adequate and accurate knowledge of contraceptive use, promote sexual responsibility and life planning among young people and trigger discussions about life planning at both the household and community levels.
In order to ensure that adolescents and youth receive competent and high-quality services that meet context specific needs, are based on evidence without medical and personal providers’ biases regarding use of all available contraceptives, NURHI 2 focuses on fostering an in-clinic environment that facilitates FP; training providers in counseling and contraceptive provision; and developing and disseminating the tools that enhance quality service deliver.
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