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Session: Improving and Sustaining Reproductive Health Programs for Youth in Developing Countries
5069.0: Wednesday, November 10, 2004: 8:30 AM-10:00 AM
Improving and Sustaining Reproductive Health Programs for Youth in Developing Countries
Young people in developing countries face many health risks as they become sexually active, including unwanted pregnancies, sexually transmitted infections (including HIV), unsafe abortions, sexual coercion, violence, and others. Because of these risks and the importance of young people’s health to their countries’ futures, national health programs and donors have placed high priority on implementing effective sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services for youth. Such programs and services, however, are of diminished value if they cannot be sustained over time. In many development settings, youth services have limited potential for financial sustainability, as young people lack the means to pay the full cost of services. High turnover and “graduation” from youth to adult leaders can also frustrate efforts to sustain youth services. Perhaps due to these obstacles, it is assumed that donor and/or host government support will be needed for the foreseeable future, and little is known about the real potential for youth program sustainability. This panel looks first at ways to build youth service capacity and acceptability, so programs are worth sustaining, followed by presentations on practical approaches to build sustainability. Topics include social marketing by youth in Thailand and a willingness-to-pay study in four Latin American countries. The final two presentations discuss cost and scaling up issues of SRH programs in Africa. Research findings will provide participants with insights into programming to improve quality, reach, and outcomes of SRH programs for youth, and promising approaches and considerations to sustain them.
Learning Objectives: By the end of the session, participants will be able to: 1) list lessons learned from youth programs to date on effectively reaching African youth 2) describe a model for providing sexuality education to adults and youth in schools 3) cite characteristics of youth programs that may limit their potential fo financial sustainability. 4) recognize the potentials of youth in managing ARH services to meet the needs of their peers 5) articulate how to carry out a willingness to pay study and interpret the results 6) identify inputs and their cost required to scale up programs 7) describe how to integrate components of sustainability into adolescent sexual and reproductive health programs
Moderator(s):Geri L Peak
8:30 AMYouth for Youth (Y4Y) program: A new model to reach rural Kenyan youth  [ Recorded presentation ]
Paula Tavrow, PhD, Rebecca Morris, MPH, Kitche Magak, MA
8:42 AMFuerza Joven: A model sexuality education program for adults and students  [ Recorded presentation ]
Denise Kohn, MPH
8:54 AMSocial marketing of contraceptives by youth in northern Thailand  [ Recorded presentation ]
Ms. Nipaporn Intong, BSc, MPH, Tassanee Srimongkol, Mr. Montri Pekanan, Dr. Sona Sethi, Ms. Sriphan Chansin
9:06 AMAdolescent clients' willingness to pay for SRH services in Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Peru  [ Recorded presentation ]
Rebecca Koladycz, MA, Amanda Claremon, MPH
9:18 AMScaling up youth programs: Answering the cost question
Matthew Hodge, Ugochi Daniels, Audrey Elster
9:30 AMApproaches to sustaining an adolescent program  [ Recorded presentation ]
Halima Shariff, Ugochi Daniels
See individual abstracts for presenting author's disclosure statement and author's information.
Organized by:Population, Family Planning, and Reproductive Health
Endorsed by:Community Health Workers SPIG; International Health; Maternal and Child Health; Public Health Nursing; School Health Education and Services; Socialist Caucus; Women's Caucus
CE Credits:CME, Health Education (CHES), Nursing

The 132nd Annual Meeting (November 6-10, 2004) of APHA