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Youth

Today’s cohort of young people is the largest in history. Almost 3 billion of us are under the age of 24, and leading a powerful new generation with a variety of global health needs—and new ideas too.. So we invest in young people every day at IntraHealth, engaging them to create solutions for their future, preparing them to be smart health care users and health workers, and supporting them as they help build productive, healthy societies for the future.

Our key approaches include:

  • Strengthening critical services and resources that support the most pressing needs of youth
  • Tailoring interventions to the specific needs of different young people in different contexts, focusing particularly on girls’ education, sexual and reproductive health and rights, and gender equity
  • Addressing the attitudes and bias in the health workforce that can prevent young people from accessing sexual and reproductive health services
  • Promoting behaviors to establish healthy practices at an early age and continuing through adulthood
  • Strengthening health services to ensure that adolescents have timely access to sustainable, high-quality care
  • Partnering with health and education stakeholders to foster pathways for young people to enter the health and social service sectors
  • Improving educational and training programs so health and social service workers are better prepared to meet youth needs

Selected Achievements

Built working relationships between police officers, teachers, social welfare workers, and frontline health workers to combat gender-based violence in Tanzania.

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Worked with the state governments of Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh in India to delay the age of marriage for girls. We raised the percentage of mothers surveyed who intended to consider their daughters’ consent when it came to marriage from 52% to 92%.

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In Ethiopia, implemented our “Five Dimensional Model” for advocacy against female genital cutting, which was selected by USAID in 2007 as one of three best practices in eliminating this form of gender-based violence.

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Implemented a community peer-education approach to reduce child marriages in Yemen, leading to a complete ban on child marriages in one district and a decline in marriages for girls under age 18 in two districts.
Created youth ambassador programs in Benin, Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger, and Senegal to train and mentor youth advocates for family planning.

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