This fact sheet was drawn up following the World YWCA Training Institute in Arusha, Tanzania in March 2014 in partnership with ARROW. The World YWCA is part of the global ARROW project The Global South, which aims to give southern civil society the means and avenue of articulating a regional Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) agenda and distilling regional agendas into a global SRHR agenda. This fact sheet is to be used as a resource for advocates, sexuality educators, young people, service providers and others working to advance the sexual and reproductive health and rights of young people. As growing numbers of young people enter their reproductive years, they will need significantly expanded reproductive health services. Adolescents in Sub Saharan Africa have particular reproductive health vulnerabilities such as high adolescent birth rates, this group contributes to over 50% of the global proportion of births taking place in adolescence and to over 23% of the burden of diseases due to pregnancy, child and maternal health, with severe implication for their access to education and livelihood options. This advocacy brief provides most recent review on the sexual and reproductive health and rights of adolescents in nine Sub Saharan African countries, namely Angola, Benin, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Kenya, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Tanzania and Zambia.
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