Adolescent sexual health in West Africa: rights, realities, responses

Case Studies & Research
Plan West Africa
44 p.
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La santé sexuelle des adolescents en Afrique de l'Ouest : droits, réalités et réponses

This publication is addressed to people who work with adolescents in West Africa, be it as teachers, nurses or social workers, as activists, politicians or bureaucrats, in national institutions or in international organisations. It draws attention to the rights and needs of a demographic group that is often neglected in social development initiatives. The publication is part of Plan's effort to refocus the lens used to view the African continent. "International development cooperation is not about problems, it is about people." (Plan 2008) Placing adolescents and their rights into the centre of programming and policy decisions is different from focusing on the problems and diseases of adolescents. It requires more than just new wording in project and programme documents. It requires a different way of seeing. It requires a cultural change that is particularly difficult when it comes to the sensitive area of sexuality.

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