How to improve young people’s access to safe abortion - Bosnia Herzegovina: Using a buddy system

Young people face unique barriers when seeking accurate information about abortion, and in accessing abortion services. This series showcases strategies implemented by IPPF Member Associations that have successfully reduced these barriers and increased young people’s access to abortion information and services.

In this short summary from Bosnia and Herzegovina, they provide a comprehensive strategy on using buddy systems in the context of sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services,  which is a process where a nominated volunteer or staff member - the ‘buddy’- supports a client throughout their engagement with the service. The strategy, outlines the key steps needed for successful implementation and highlighting key lessons learned to consider in taking this strategy forward. This guide can be used by programme managers and implementers to help design and inform strategies to ensure that young people are enabled to access the necessary support and services they need in the event of an unwanted pregnancy.