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Mexico City Policy will have a devastating impact for International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) with its extension far beyond family planning. Restrictions into support for HIV, maternal health and infectious diseases programmes will mean that millions will be denied lifesaving healthcare they need. The policy will hit hardest, the women living at the margins of society – the poorest, the most remote and those under 25.
Women are at the heart of every nation's future was the recurring message at an event organized by the International Planned Parenthood Federation, the Government of Japan and the Ethiopian Ministry of Health ahead of the International Conference on Family Planning in Addis Ababa.
If you have a sexual health concern, you might not be sure what it is, you might not know how (or where) to get help, and if you do, it’s sometimes difficult (or maybe embarrassing) to attend a clinic. Particularly if you are a young person.
The Family Guidance Association of Ethiopia (FGAE) has established a free telephone hotline to help. It’s staffed by 6 volunteer counsellors and it is widely used. What is particularly effective is its use of young volunteers, who have an instinctive understanding of young people and empathize with their difficulties.
This issue from the Learning from innovation series brings together lessons from three projects that successfully addressed factors which make a particular group of young people vulnerable in the local context. Implemented in Bangladesh, Tunisia and Ethiopia, each project developed strategies to empower young people and their communities to better protect the sexual and reproductive health of young people and enable them to make choices to improve their lives.