Access to Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) for adolescents remains a challenge in Zambia. This is despite the country’s various international and regional commitments that champion the health rights of young people and the citizens at large.
Through the Regional Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (R-SRHR) Fund, Zambia Youth Platform (ZYP) conceptualized the “Enhanced Youth Action Project” aimed at enhancing adolescent access to SRHR information and services. The project strengthened the capacity of adolescents and young people to hold duty bearers accountable for the provision and delivery of quality youth-friendly SRHR information and services. The project targeted vulnerable adolescents and youth populations including sexual and gender diverse communities and people living with disabilities.
Key results from the project included increased demand and access to SRHR information and services by the target audience, strengthened feedback mechanisms on challenges regarding access to SRHR services at the community level and enhanced adolescents and youth participation in key decision-making platforms at different levels on SRHR, as well as improved community participation in social accountability and systems that deliver health services.
The case study is part of the Regional SRHR Fund’s support towards cross-learning and knowledge-sharing to enable organizations to conceptualize, design and coordinate adolescent SRHR advocacy. This initiative has been made possible with support from Sida through the Regional SRHR Fund.