Youth friendly clinics make inroads in reducing unintended teen births in South Africa

 

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dc.creator Branson, Nicola
dc.creator Byker, Tanya
dc.date 2016-04-14T12:18:25Z
dc.date 2016-04-14T12:18:25Z
dc.date 2016-04
dc.date.accessioned 2017-06-06T10:56:18Z
dc.date.available 2017-06-06T10:56:18Z
dc.date.issued 2017-06-06
dc.identifier http://hdl.handle.net/11090/813
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11090/813
dc.description Despite widespread, freely available contraception and progressive reproductive health laws, most teen mothers report their last pregnancy as unintended or unplanned. This begs the question: Why are many sexually active teens failing to use contraceptives when they are widely available for free? In response, loveLife rolled out the National Adolescent Friendly Clinic Initiative (NAFCI) starting in the early 2000s. NAFCI aimed to remove barriers that youth faces in accessing reproductive health services, and to provide youth-focused sexual health education. We find that the program increased contraception usage and decreased sexually transmitted diseases and early teen births. The program effectively encouraged women to delay childbearing by over a year, with a significant reduction in births to mothers under 17. Children born to mothers with NAFCI access were also in better health and more connected to the health system. In light of these positive findings, and the negative effects that teen childbearing has on both the mother and child, we recommend that youth-friendly initiatives be implemented in all public health facilities.
dc.description We acknowledge the support provided by Hewlett/PRB Global Teams of Research Excellence in Population, Reproductive Health, and Economic Development and Hewlett Foundation/Institute of International Education Dissertation Fellowship in Population, Reproductive Health and Economic Development.
dc.language en
dc.relation Saldru Policy Brief;
dc.subject South Africa
dc.subject Unplanned teen pregnancy
dc.subject Contraception
dc.subject NAFCI
dc.title Youth friendly clinics make inroads in reducing unintended teen births in South Africa
dc.type Report en_ZA
uct.type.publication Research en_ZA
uct.type.resource Technical Report en_ZA
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Commerce en_ZA
dc.publisher.department SALDRU en_ZA


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