FHI 360/Interagency Youth Working Group

YouthLens No. 40: Resources for Adolescents Living with HIV

This brief discusses resources that have become available in the past few years to support communities and health care providers in meeting the unique
physical, social and psychosocial needs—including sexual and reproductive health—of adolescents living with HIV.

YouthLens 38: Mobile Technology for Health

Global mobile phone use is rapidly increasing and a large percentage of mobile phone subscribers are young people. Many programs are capitalizing on their ubiquity as a novel way to reach young people with important health information, and research is beginning to demonstrate that mobile phones are a feasible means of mass communication for this population. This YouthLens shares results from recent research and lessons learned from programs in this field.

YouthLens 37: The Intersection of Economic Empowerment and Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health

Addressing young people’s economic vulnerability has been cited as a promising strategy for improving their sexual and reproductive health (SRH). This brief reviews various types of “economic empowerment” approaches, discusses some promising programs and talks about next steps for this relatively new topic of the intersection of economic empowerment and youth SRH

YouthLens No. 2: Sexuality and Family Life Education Helps Prepare Young People

In-school programs can result in positive behavior changes, but programs vary widely and questions about best models need more attention.

YouthLens No. 5: Condoms and Sexually Active Youth

Condom use among sexually active youth varies widely, due to issues including risk perception, social support, gender, and knowledge gaps.

YouthLens No. 7: Multisectoral Programs Link Intervention Efforts

In Haiti, a coordinated effort addresses health, agriculture, education, and income generation needs of young people through a single project.

YouthLens No. 9: Information and Communications Technology

Technology resources increasingly link professionals working with reproductive health and HIV prevention programs in developing countries. These same resources (e-mail, CD ROMs, listservs, the Internet, radio, and television) hold great promise for reaching youth as well.

YouthLens No. 14: New Resources on Youth Reproductive Health and HIV Prevention, 2002-2004

A sequel to YouthLens No. 1, this summary of major reports and resources with Web links provides guidance to youth-serving organizations.

YouthLens No. 29: HIV-Infected Youth

HIV-infected youth need age-appropriate care and treatment, psychosocial support, and reproductive health counseling.

YouthLens No. 30: Hormonal Methods of Contraception for Youth

Adolescent pregnancies pose particular health risks to mothers and their newborns and can cause young women to struggle socially and economically. Hormonal contraceptives can have an important impact on adolescent health.

YouthLens No. 31: Postabortion Care for Youth

This issue outlines the need for quality postabortion care (PAC) for young women and the challenges of providing this care. It also discusses some recent efforts to implement youth-friendly PAC.

YouthLens No. 32: New Resources on Youth Reproductive Health and HIV Prevention, 2008-2010

This issue of YouthLens provides a summary of some key resources on youth reproductive health and HIV prevention published by internationally known organizations between January 2008 and May 2010.

YouthLens No. 33: Young People Most at Risk for HIV/AIDS

Young people in populations who are considered most at risk of HIV are often poorly served by programs aimed at adults in most-at-risk groups or by those geared toward the general population of youth. This YouthLens discusses some of the issues surrounding work with most-at-risk youth and offers some recommendations.

YouthLens No. 35: Sports for Adolescent Girls

Reproductive health experts think that participation in sports can help girls build social networks, challenge gender norms, and enhance their physical and mental well-being. This YouthLens summarizes a discussion at the most recent meeting of the IYWG, where sports programming was highlighted as an innovative approach to protecting and empowering girls.

YouthLens No. 25: Helping Parents Improve Adolescent Health

This four-page research brief summarizes the two 2007 WHO reports summarized above.

YouthLens No. 21: Integrating Reproductive Health and HIV Services for Youth

Summarizing the latest information on integrating reproductive health and HIV services for youth, this report identifies the need for more attention to pregnancy prevention in a variety of settings and further testing of service delivery models.

YouthLens No. 36: Alcohol and Its Effect on Young People's Reproductive and Sexual Health

This YouthLens brief describes the consequences of alcohol use on young people’s sexual and reproductive health. It addresses policies and programs aimed at reducing alcohol use and its negative consequences among young people.

YouthLens No. 19: Community Involvement in Youth Reproductive Health and HIV Prevention

Youth projects are increasingly involving community members in designing, shaping, and implementing projects. Research findings discussed in this document are promising, but more program experience and research are needed to understand the impact such efforts have. Resources include information on an ongoing interagency group working on this issue.