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Adolescent

Adolescent and youth sexual behaviour has always and will always remain a major cause of concern. The past years have seen an increase in attention from the public health sector and we, at the organization level, cannot remain indifferent to the problem. The rising levels of reported sexually transmitted infections speak by themselves and the main causal factor that can be attributed to such problem is the earlier onset of puberty.

The number of youths in the age group 10-24 was estimated at 305,597, i.e. 24.4% of the total population in 2009. Adolescent fertility rate (age group 15-19) slightly decreased from 35.1 in 2005 to 34.1 in 2006. In 2005, 8.8 % of the total live births were to mothers under 20 years. Young people under 24 constitute the most vulnerable group of the Mauritian society.

There are a number of challenges and gaps in relation to the sexual and reproductive health needs of adolescents and young people. The most central challenge is the lack of accurate information provided to adolescents through respective institutions such as the family, the educational system and the community overall.

Goal

To empower young people within society to make informed choices to improve their sexual and reproductive health.

Objectives

To increase access to broad range of youth and gender friendly sexual and reproductive health education and services as well as to strengthen commitment to and support for sexual and reproductive rights of young people.

Activities

  • Enhance the care to at least 200 children victims of commercial and sexual exploitation and to parents through the provision of education, information, counselling, medical, contraceptive and legal facilities
  • Increase the Association’s technical and managerial capacity for effective and efficient SRH services and improved programme performance through Research, Monitoring and Evaluation