Resources by Audience: Government and Policy Makers


Fulfilling our promise to young people today (2013-2015) Progress Review

This report presents progress made after two years of implementation of the ESA Commitment (2013-2015). Significant progress has already been made thanks to concerted action by governments, civil society, and development partners at national and regional level. The data presented was obtained and validated through a multi-sectoral country reporting process as stipulated by the respective coordination mechanisms of the ESA Commitment.

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Comprehensive Sexuality Education in Teacher Training in Eastern and Southern Africa

Comprehensive Sexuality Education in Teacher Training in Eastern and Southern Africa

Since 2010, the UN Interagency Task Team for young people in the Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA) region has supported Ministries of Education (MOEs) in the ESA region to strengthen the sexuality education (SE) component of current life skills-based HIV education programmes. This collaboration has been instrumental in moving the comprehensive sexuality education (CSE) agenda forward.

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Affirmed and Endorsed ESA Commitment

Affirmed and Endorsed ESA Commitment

The historic ESA commitment was endorsed at the 2013 ICASA Conference and has time- bound actions and targets that were agreed upon by member states. Countries that endorsed the commitment include Angola, Botswana, Burundi, DRC, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, South Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

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Accountability Framework

Accountability Framework

The Accountability Framework will be the guiding outline that helps to track country progress and ensure targets are being met across the region. This is championed and led by the Regional Economic Communities from SADC, EAC and COMESA. Accountability is also supported by UN bodies, Civil Society Organizations and young people.

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Year in Review: 2014 Progress

Year in Review: 2014 Progress

This report is a summary of progress since this landmark ESA Ministerial Commitment was made. It presents the priorities and progress made during the past 12 months at both national and regional levels with specific focus on the targets and accountability framework.

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Young People Today: Time to Act Now Summary Report (2013)

Young People Today: Time to Act Now Summary Report (2013)

This report is the summary of an in-depth Regional Report on comprehensive sexuality education and sexual reproductive health information and services for adolescents and young people in Eastern and Southern Africa. The statistics gathered for this report helped identify recommendations for the region and informed the development of ESA Commitment targets.

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Synthesis Report on the Demographic Dividend in Africa (2015)

Synthesis Report on the Demographic Dividend in Africa (2015)

If birth rates in Africa decline rapidly, as it has been the case in other regions, the age structure will change to one dominated by more young people of working age. Coupled with the positive economic outlook for the continent, the change in the age structure will provide enormous potential for economic growth and structural transformation if African countries make the right investments in human and social capital for youth development. These potential gains can be realized through a demographic dividend, which refers to the accelerated economic growth that countries can harness as a result of the change in age structure following demographic transition.

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Sexuality Education: A Ten-Country Review of School Curricula

Sexuality Education: A Ten-Country Review of School Curricula

This collaborative regional curriculum scan, which was conducted in 2011, seeks to assess the content, quality, and delivery methods of sexuality education (SE) curricula in ten ESA countries and aims to ensure that the reviews help countries to develop curricula designed to not only increase comprehensive knowledge among young people, but to empower them to adopt protective behaviours, such as refusing unwanted sex, delaying sex, using condoms and testing for HIV.

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SRH and HIV Linkages Compendium: Indicators and Related Assessment Tools

SRH and HIV Linkages Compendium: Indicators and Related Assessment Tools

The Steering Group developed a theory of change, which was used to identify and assess indicators and related assessment tools to measure SRH and HIV linkages and provide a thematic structure to the compendium. The areas in the theory of change can broadly be categorised as outputs (enabling environment, integrated service delivery and stronger health systems), outcomes (reduced stigma and discrimination and gender-based violence, increased access to and utilisation of services, improved efficiency) and impact (improved health, human rights and quality of life).

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Overlooked and Uninformed: Young Adolescents’ Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

Overlooked and Uninformed: Young Adolescents’ Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

Recognizing the realities of young adolescent girls’ and boys’ lives—and particularly their need to know about their bodies and their sexual rights and responsibilities—is crucial for building the foundations of a safe passage through adolescence into adulthood.

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What does not work in adolescent sexual and reproductive health: a review of evidence on interventions commonly accepted as best practices

What does not work in adolescent sexual and reproductive health: a review of evidence on interventions commonly accepted as best practices

There was little evidence based on research or practical experience on effective ways of providing young people with information, education, and health services, or equipping them with skills to protect them from risks.

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The linkages between the MDGs and comprehensive sexuality education for young people

The linkages between the MDGs and comprehensive sexuality education for young people

Comprehensive sexuality education seeks to empower and equip young people with the knowledge, skills, and tools they need to determine and enjoy their sexuality – physically and emotionally, individually and in relationships. It views ‘sexuality’ holistically and within the context of emotional and physical development.

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Addressing sexual health in schools: policy considerations

Addressing sexual health in schools: policy considerations

Because human sexuality is a normal, natural part of human development and there are significant biological, social and emotional milestones that occur during the school-age years, schools will invariably be dealing with sexuality-related issues among their student population.

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Measuring the Education Sector Response to HIV and AIDS

Measuring the Education Sector Response to HIV and AIDS

Education contributes to knowledge and personal skills that are essential for HIV prevention. In countries with a generalized HIV epidemic, the education sector also contributes to mitigating the impact of AIDS on students, education personnel, their families and communities. Monitoring and evaluating the role of education in the response to the HIV epidemic is important for countries to improve their policies and school-based programmes.

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WHO Making health services adolescent friendly

WHO Making health services adolescent friendly

This Guidebook sets out the public health rationale for making it easier for adolescents to obtain the health services that they need to protect and improve their health and well-being, including sexual and reproductive health services.

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A Standards-driven approach to improve the quality of health-care services for adolescents

A Standards-driven approach to improve the quality of health-care services for adolescents

Global initiatives are urging countries to prioritize quality as a way of reinforcing human rights-based approaches to health (iERG, 2013). Yet, evidence from both high- and middle-low income countries shows that services for adolescents are highly fragmented, poorly coordinated and uneven in quality (WHO, 2014). Evidence suggests that adolescents experience many barriers to health care (WHO/UNAIDS, 2015).

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Best Practices for Youth Friendly Sexual and Reproductive Health Services in Schools

Best Practices for Youth Friendly Sexual and Reproductive Health Services in Schools

Schools are in a unique position to provide their students comprehensive health services and referrals to community-based health centers, due to their accessibility to students and their ability to provide health education and services targeted specifically for young people.

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Global standards for quality health care services for Adolescents Vol 1

Global standards for quality health care services for Adolescents Vol 1

This document aims to inform and assist national public health programme managers, facility managers, health-care providers, national bodies in charge of quality improvement, as well as individuals and organizations supporting their work, such as development agencies, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and the commercial sector.

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Global standards for quality health care services for Adolescents Vol 2

Global standards for quality health care services for Adolescents Vol 2

This volume, the Implementation guide, provides detailed guidance on identifying what actions need to be taken to implement the standards at the national, district and facility levels. It can be used to develop checklists to assess the status of implementation.

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Global standards for quality health care services for Adolescents Vol 3

Global standards for quality health care services for Adolescents Vol 3

This volume, Tools to conduct quality and coverage measurement surveys to collect data about compliance with the global standards, includes tools to determine whether the implementation of the standards has been achieved.

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Global standards for quality health care services for Adolescents Vol 4

Global standards for quality health care services for Adolescents Vol 4

This volume, Scoring sheets for data analysis, is to be used in conjunction with the monitoring tools in Volume 3. Using this data analysis method, countries can determine compliance with quality standards.

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Political Leaders: know more about CSE and youth friendly services

Political Leaders: know more about CSE and youth friendly services

Comprehensive sexuality education (CSE) is culturally and age appropriate information that teaches young people about sexuality and sexual and reproductive health issues.

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