Adolescent & Youth Sexual & Reproductive Health

A Growing Youth Population

© 2005 Netsanet Assaye, Courtesy of Photoshare

More than half of the world’s population currently lives in cities and this urbanization is accelerating to 70% by 2050, especially in Africa and Asia. Cities benefit from economic growth, but also struggle to accommodate rising demands for services. Cities are home to growing, underserved poor communities.

At the same time, the world is experiencing the largest generation of young people in history: 1.8 billion people, a sixth of the world’s population, are 10 to 24 years old. Collectively, young people have urgent and vast needs for policies and programs that ensure their improved sexual and reproductive health.

Adolescent and youth sexual and reproductive health (AYSRH) is a critical area that also needs to be addressed with rapidly scalable and sustainable proven approaches. In response to that need, the Initiative has expanded its portfolio to include proven AYSRH approaches in service delivery, demand generation and advocacy.

The Initiative is now developing an AYSRH toolkit of proven approaches – implemented under URHI as well as from the global literature – that are designed for the urban context and to be housed in TCI University.

The AYSRH toolkit will mirror the structure of TCI-U’s global toolkit, with “how to” guidance for each proven approach complemented by the actual URHI and global tools and resources that can be used in cities implementing the Initiative’s proven solutions.

The AYSRH toolkit and other Initiative resources will support the implementation of AYSRH approaches in those cities that want to include a youth component within their family planning/reproductive health programs.

AYSRH Toolkit Structure