39. Braeken D, Rondinelli I

Braeken D, Rondinelli I.

Sexual and reproductive health needs of young people; matching needs with systems. Int J Gynaecol Obstet 2012 Oct;119 Suppl 1:S60-3. Epub 2012 Aug 11.


Access to services is a central concern surrounding the promotion of sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) of young people. A more holistic (so-called "positive") approach toward SRHR is needed, as is provision of services that tackle sexual and gender-based violence, sexualdiversity, discrimination, relationship issues, and fears and concerns about sex and sexuality. Despite efforts to provide youth-friendly services, the uptake of services by young people is very low. What must be taken into account are young people's pathways to seeking services; and the specific barriers they face before getting to the services, while receiving services, and after leaving the service delivery sites. Attention to the perceptions and needs of young people is essential, along with development of policies, services, and programs that address those needs, particularly the youth-friendly approach to service delivery.