The world has more young people than at any time in history. Understanding that youth voices must be at the center of decision-making for their own health and well-being, IntraHealth collaborates with youth leaders and networks in program design and implementation and helps equip and inspire young people to be savvy health care users, strong peer advocates, and skilled health workers.
Our key approaches include:
Strengthening services and training programs 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 health, and gender equity
Training youth to be ambassadors for family planning and healthy behaviors among their peers and to advocate to policymakers
Addressing attitudes and biases that can prevent youth from accessing services
Promoting behaviors to establish long-lasting healthy practices at an early age
Partnering with local stakeholders to foster pathways for young people to enter the health and social services sectors.
Helped local partners in Rwanda develop counseling services at youth corners accessible during the weekends, leading to a 228% increase in young people received in the youth corners.
Educated 8,864 girls in Mali on how to produce their own reusable menstrual pads as part of a life skills program on improving hygiene practices, protecting against HIV and gender-based violence, and safely using social media.