Preventing Adolescent Pregnancy
K4Health's Meeting the Sexual and Reproductive Health Needs of Young Married Women and First-time Parents Toolkit offers a collection of adaptable resources for working to meet the sexual and reproductive health needs of young married women (YMW) and first-time parents (FTPs) in low- and middle-income countries, recognizing that these groups have often been overlooked and underserved. Resources address a range of topics relevant to meeting their needs, including contraception, healthy timing and spacing of pregnancy (HTSP), couples' communication and building healthy relationships, maternal and newborn health, gender equality, gender-based violence (GBV), HIV prevention, and lifeskills.
The Youth Policy Toolkit contains more than 100 full-text policies addressing youth reproductive health from countries across the world. The Toolkit also provides essential policymaking resources, including case studies, expert interviews, advocacy tools, and publications on key issues related to preventing adolescent pregnancy. These include, but are not limited to, early marriage, sexual and reproductive health, and gender-based violence.
K4Health also has a number of Toolkits dedicated to improving access to family planning. Visit our Toolkits home page to learn more!
The GIRL Center's Adolescent Data Hub is a unique global portal to share and access data on adolescents and young people living in low- and middle-income countries. The largest portal of data on adolescents, it currently contains data on more than 1,390,000 adolescents and young people. Featuring the Population Council’s rich and unique body of longitudinal and cross-sectional data on adolescents along with other open datasets on adolescents and young people, the Adolescent Data Hub serves as an important resource to facilitate data sharing, research transparency, and a more collaborative research environment to drive continued progress for adolescents.
Reaching Young Married Women and First-time Parents in West Africa
Young married women and first-time parents face a unique set of challenges to living healthy sexual and reproductive lives. Pathfinder's Evidence to Action (E2A) project's training modules (available in both French and English) aim to give health care providers the knowledge and skills they need to meet the needs of these groups. Although designed for use in francophone West Africa, they can easily be adapted for other settings. Modules are tailored for facility-based health care providers and community health workers.
E2A also offers a complementary module for peer facilitators working with small groups of young married women and new parents, which can reduce social isolation and increase knowledge of sexual and reproductive health.
SBCC techniques for ending child marriage
The HC3’s Health COMpass has curated a selection of tools and project examples in its new Trending Topic on Child, Early, and Forced Marriage (CEFM). Child, early, and forced marriage is seen as a human rights violation worldwide and works against the global efforts being made to improve maternal health, education, food security and gender equality for girls. Social and behavior change communication (SBCC) plays a vital role in raising awareness and inspiring action at all levels of society about the dangers of early marriage. Browse the following resources and more:
- What Does Child Marriage Mean for Girls? is an infographic from Girls Not Brides that spells out how child marriage affects girls in terms of poverty, equality, HIV/AIDS, education, health and violence.
- USAID's Child, Early, and Forced Marriage Resource Guide provides an overview of the scope of the Child, Early, and Forced Marriage (CEFM), its causes and consequence, where it occurs, and why it matters.
- Child Marriage: A Losing Game is a poster created for a campaign in Karanataka, India, to discourage child marriage.
- CARE's Top 5 Things You Didn't Know About Child Marriage highlights facts that program managers and decision makers should take into account.